by G.G. Vandagriff
Series: The Saunders Family Saga #1
Published by Orson Whitney Press
Publication Date April 3, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Don’t miss G.G. Vandagriff’s latest Regency romance where a simmering attraction combines with a dangerous mystery . . .
When the widowed Lady Marianne Deveridge is invited to spend the season in London with her friend Lady Penelope Wellingham, she has no idea that Penny and Beau have another guest: Captain Ernest Saunders, Beau’s brother. Matchmaking is definitely afoot. However, after having been married to wandering explorer, Marianne has no intention of becoming involved with a wandering sea captain.
Her first sight of Captain Saunders in all his robust masculinity brings every one of her senses to attention. She knows then that her resolve will be difficult to keep.
Almost immediately upon making the captain’s acquaintance, Marianne becomes the focus of a mysterious villain who is devising a horse racing fraud. What has she seen to endanger a deadly felon? She has no idea.
Captain Saunders makes it his business to keep Marianne safe, and the two of them are brought closer by their investigation into the dark side of horse racing. Still, she thinks she is managing to resist his charms.
It is not until her very survival is at stake that she realizes how interwoven their lives have become. Will her heart ever recover once she watches another ship put out to sea?
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Love Unexpected, a Regency-era mystery, is part of a new series, yet it contains some beloved characters (and one that we love to hate) from some of the other books by G.G. Vandagraff.
Marianne’s 12-year-old daughter, Gweet, (what a cute nickname for Margaret!), was so precocious. I love that she, upon meeting Captain Ernest Saunders, immediately proposed marriage to him. Though I wouldn’t have been quite so bold as to propose when I was that age, I could most certainly see myself being smitten by a handsome sea captain and wishing for that proposal!
It was interesting to delve a little into the world of horseracing and the nefarious activities that can take place in that world of high stakes. The mystery surrounding the death of the jockey was well developed. It was not until the end of the story when the Captain solved the mystery that I knew the resolution, though I do want to take credit for having half of it figured out before then. The red herrings along the way served their purpose well.
Things seemed a little choppy at the beginning, but the story was interesting and sweet, and if it remained that way at the end, I no longer noticed.