Loving Lieutenant Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden
Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady's companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.
Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters' scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he's impossibly drawn to the dowager's quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their two worlds?
I'm always up for a Sarah M. Eden book, and can often be found re-reading or listening to one of her many wonderful novels. She's an amazing author, and you can count on her for a great, clean romance. It was no surprise that I jumped at the opportunity to review Loving Lieutenant Lancaster when I heard it was coming out.
It was a lot of fun having the Lancasters and the Jonquil families together. Adam's annoyance with Philip made for a very entertaining aspect to the story. I need to go back and re-read Philip's story (it's been too long to remember the details of his charade).
Although there is quite a bit of sadness due to Arabella's past and her lack of self-worth, this wasn't as emotional as some of Eden's other stories. It may have been that there was also quite a bit of humor with the Adam/Philip situation. Or maybe the focus was divided a bit more than usual between Arabella and Linus (and the rest of the family members). Even though I wasn't as emotionally invested as I have been with some of her other stories, I did enjoy it. I also liked how I got to know more about the Jonquil's father and how kind he was.
Loving Lieutenant Lancaster is another win from Sarah M. Eden. I can't wait to see what she writes next.
Oh my goodness! Adam and Philip in the same book? Yes, please. Sign me up! No, the book isn't about them, but I will admit that I was smiling and giggling most of this book. I adore this family and can't seem to get enough of them. I loved the glimpses we get of Charlie, and I can't wait for his book.
I need to go back and look at dates, because I was a little confused with the timing of things. The last book I read of the Jonquil's was Stanley's book, and in that book Sorrell appeared and had a little story. She's in this story as well, but somethings weren't resolved and more puzzles were put out, so I was a little confused with that.
But to the main characters of the book. I'll admit that I enjoyed the Linus chapters a bit more than the Arabella chapters (unless they were together...those I adored). Probably just because Arabella's were so sad, and Linus' generally were full of humor.
I didn't mind how their relationship developed. They were both taken with one another right away, so there wasn't any drama in that area. They didn't know if the other felt the same way, and that is where the drama comes in.
You just can't lose with an Sarah Eden book. This is another winner! I can't wait to read it again. Although honestly, I've already started :)
If you have read any of my Sarah Eden reviews before, you know that I absolutely love the Jonquil and Lancaster families. I have read all of those books more than once. That being said, I apparently have not paid enough attention to titles, because I was so confused for the first several chapters. I know the characters by their first name, not their title, so having them referred to as Lord or Lady or the Earl had me lost. I guess this means I need to go read the books again.:-) That confusion aside, I was positively thrilled that the Lamptons and Jonquils were finally getting together. Having Adam and Phillip in the same house was as entertaining as I thought it would be. I was a little worried that we might be getting a two-for-one deal with Linus and Charlie, but thankfully it seems as if Charlie will still get his own story.
The relationship that Arabella had with the Jonquil's father was so sweet and heartbreaking at the same time. Actually, the relationship she had with all of the Jonquil family was yet another testament to how amazing that family is. The relationship between Arabella and Linus didn't seem to be as strong as the rest of Eden's characters in her other books, but it was still an enjoyable story to read. I loved the whole house party, because I got to become reacquainted with several of my favorite characters. I am very curious to find out what is happening with Sorrel. Hopefully that will be covered in a future book. Really, you can't go wrong with Sarah Eden. She has such a wonderful way of bringing her characters and their stories to life, making it so hard to put the books down. I will definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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Title: Loving Lieutenant Lancaster Author: Sarah M. Eden Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. Published: April 2018 ISBN: 1524405256 Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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