Madeline's Protector

Title:  Madeline’s Protector
Author:  Vanessa Riley               
Pages:  354
Year:  2013
Publisher:  White Rose Publishing
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
What is the desire of your heart?  Do you even know or can you even put that desire into words?  Where do you look when you long to understand the mysteries within your own heart?  Madeline’s Protector is set in England in the year of our Lord, 1821.  Unique is the history of this nation and lands, and the author weaves a tale sure to ensnare your attention and capture your heart.
Madeline is a young woman scarred from the behavior of an unruly man and beset with fears that anyone she is close to will be lost to her sooner rather than later.  Her father is a duke who has vast holdings along with a shattered faith and heart when he lost his first wife.  Now, the duke is married to a woman who is cold and hateful.
Lord Devonshire, Justain Deleveaux, comes to Maddie’s aid when she unknowingly comes close to death more than once.  Each time he longs to care for her because his past is littered with scandals as well as guilt when he loses his brother.  Justain is now the lone heir who has been raised with responsibilities that long ago were laid upon each succeeding generation who became heir of the estate.
During one particular night in a storm, running for their lives in Justain’s carriage, tragedy befalls the occupants.  Through the succeeding pages a tale full of twists and turns, joys and sorrows and faith against doubt begin to play out in the characters’ lives.  What at first is thought to be a mistake or a chance meeting leads the readers on an adventure to see who will eventually capture the heart of the heir.
Like a chocolate covered treat, the previous paragraphs are my attempt to tempt you to want to read this excellent novel.  I want you to know that normally I am not one to read in this genre, but I am so glad that I read and enjoyed this one.  I plan to share this story with others.  Yes, it has romance in it and the fulfillment of that romance can be found in One and One alone.  Faith in Christ enables us to receive a gift we don’t earn, but is given with a death of love that words cannot describe.
Pick up a copy, spend time getting lost in a historical romance that is so much deeper than mere words can convey.  However, don’t be surprised if you think of others who may enjoy such a tale as this one titled, Madeline’s Protector.
My rating is 5 stars.
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