Title: A Lady’s Honor (A Cliffs of Cornwall Novel)
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
I really enjoyed this author’s last series, The Daughters of Bainbridge House, so when I saw she was releasing a new book I decided to pick up a copy. This story is set in Cornwall, England in the year 1811.
Rowan Curnow has many secrets he is keeping, but his feelings for Elizabeth Trelawny he shares with her. He thinks she is beautiful, strong, and intelligent. She has not had a strong parental influence in her spiritual life, so he knows her faith isn’t strong. He wants to tell her why he is really in England, having recently arrived from America, but he fears if he tells her, he will be putting her life at risk. He maintains his job as secretary to the baron who owns the property adjoining Elizabeth’s family’s land. Once he ferrets out the truth, he will court Elizabeth properly if that is God’s will for it is certainly Rowan’s. Can he convince Elizabeth he truly loves her for herself and not her money?
Elizabeth Trelawny runs away from an extremely persistent suitor, one with questionable morals and very much older than she. She flees to her grandparents’ home, the only place she has ever felt safe, loved and free. However, upon arrival, she soon discovers that she is not free anymore. She is forbidden from doing the things she enjoyed as a younger girl and feels stifled and restless. She is again the object of matrimonial pursuit by another much older man. She knows no one who offered marriage to her did so because of love, but instead because of her position and her money. She has always been criticized or made fun by her cousin or the “ton” for being tall and plain. She doesn’t believe anyone can love her for herself, not even God. As attempts are made on her life and she spends more time with Rowan, she begins to see how God loves her unconditionally. But does her realization come too late? Can she protect the one man who really loves her as she is?
I thought it odd that Elizabeth referred to her grandparents as “the grandparents” whenever she was talking about them. She never said “my grandparents”, so I thought a distance was created between them. I also thought the grandparents said they were Christians, but sometimes their actions were just the opposite. They claimed to love her, but then would do something or say something not so loving, so I didn’t really like this relationship throughout the story. I really liked Rowan and his ability to protect the weak, hold his tongue when needed and show love to those who needed it most. He tried his best to love unconditionally, just like Christ.
My rating is 4 stars.