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The struggle between the early 19th-century British class system and matters of the heart is what we love about Regency romance, and Wanda Luce has done a wonderful job of it in her novel In the Wilds of Devon. Lord Rupert Carrington has been banished to the country for his own protection—the era’s answer to the Witness Protection Program. Yet nothing can protect his heart when he meets Alexandra Dancy, who is “not only very beautiful . . . but unequalled in strength and goodness.” Though Rupert’s match in every way, Alexandra is far below his social station . . . or is she? Rupert sets out to solve this mystery while at the same time protecting Alexandra from Cecil Bedford, an insanely dangerous man who will have Alexandra at all cost.
With effortless prose we are shown the historical context of the British Regency—so we have the magical feeling we readers love: that we are actually there, smelling the lilacs after a rain shower and feeling the bulky awkwardness of a poorly tied cravat. The characters, as well, are shown to us—strong, yet each with a likable vulnerability that allows them to come to life. Luce cleverly balances the inward emotional struggles of her characters with a what-happens-next pace that keeps you moving from page to page . . . and before you know it, it is way past your bedtime. Go ahead and stay up—it’s worth it!
If you want to read more about Wanda and her writing, visit her blog wandaluce.blogspot.com. You can find In the Wilds of Devon at Amazon and Deseret Book. And don’t forget to visit my Facebook page and enter to win a new copy of In the Wilds of Devon – deadline is March 4th!