Author: Grace Elliot
Publish Date: October 18, 2011
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical fiction fan.
- You're a romance fan.
From Goodreads.com: "In the four weeks since her guardians' death, Eulogy Foster has lost everything.
Penniless and alone she seeks the help of her estranged brother, Lord Lucien Devlin. But Devlin throws Eulogy onto the streets and the mercy of a passing stranger, Jack Huntley, who becomes an unlikely ally. As Eulogy seeks the truth behind her birth, she is drawn into the world of art and artists, where her morals are challenged and nothing is as it seems.
Jack Huntley: bitter, cynical and betrayed in love. He believes women are devious, scheming, untrustworthy creatures - and when he rescues a naïve Miss from being raped, his life is about to change forever. There is something about Miss Foster that haunts him and challenges his emotions. But despite their growing attraction, Eulogy will not share her secret, which means he cannot trust her. Caught in a deadlock, both denying their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as someone seeks to silence Eulogy...permanently."
My Two Cents:
Eulogy's Secret takes place during a time in England that I really enjoy, the Regency. It is the first book in a trilogy called The Huntley Trilogy. You really get a good sense of place in this book. England was going through a lot of changes during this time and you can feel the energy of London pulsing throughout the story. Eulogy is a newcomer to the city of London so we get to see the city through her eyes, which is very cool. I absolutely love London and I love reading about the city throughout the years.
This book is a romance but with only one real steamy scene (for those sensitive to that sort of thing). I loved the romance in this book. It's sort of unexpected in a way. You have Eulogy, a newcomer to London, who is hiding a deep, dark secret about her family. Huntley falls for her even though he's been burned by women in the past. Eulogy and Huntley fall deeply for each other. I liked the romance because you can see how much they really love each other. There is a ton of sexual tension between Eulogy and Huntley at first. It was interesting to see how everything unfolds between them in that respect. You keep waiting for things to fall together and then they don't but not to give too much away, everything falls together.
The mystery of Eulogy's origins definitely kept me reading. Elliot does a great job of weaving in little details of the mystery so you can start to put things together. She does it in such a way that you really want to continue reading to see what happens next. As I said before, this book is the first in a trilogy and I would definitely like to hear how things continue to unfold for all of the characters in the book!
Bottom line: Eulogy's Secret was a fun, light read with a little bit of mystery and a little bit of romance.