Fun and I actually learned some history in the process. Very appealing leads and niclely
I usually love Nicola Cornick's books, she has wonderful historical context, excellent dialog, and captivating characters. In the case of Lord Greville's Captive, the history overwhelms the book and ruins the romance. Written during the rise of Oliver Cromwell, the book features a hero and heroine on opposite sides of the civil war. It is hard to enjoy the book knowing that Cromwell's success was shortlived and that the hero most likely would have been executed a few years later when the royal family was returned to power. That cast a shadow over the story, which was already quite serious.
Years before, he had come to Grafton Manor to be betrothed to the innocent and beautiful Lady Anne--a promise that was broken with the onset of war.
Now Simon, Lord Greville, has returned as an enemy, besieging the manor and holding its lady hostage. Simon's devotion to his cause swayed by his desire for Anne, he will not settle for the manor house alone. He will have the lady--and her heart--into the bargain!
Yet Anne has a secret that must be kept from him at all costs.