The Heir of Drymote

I’m a sucker for historical fantasy. Just take a look at my Netflix suggested titles list and it’ll tell you all you need to know. While honeymooning on my cruise, I had some time to sit back and relax with a shiny new book and, of course, it had to be a historical romance. Check out my review of Beth Fuller’s novel, The Heir of Drymote.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a beautifully written book. I’m quite a fan of flowery and poetic prose, so reading this was a joy. I felt as though I was actually back in time in a place where life was much simpler than it is today. That’s exactly the feeling I would want and expect from a historical romance novel and the author certainly delivers.

The Heir of Drymote by Beth Fuller

Charlotte is an interesting character. She’s strong yet demure, feisty yet gentle, and everything in between. She never does or says what I expect her to which makes her mysterious and really the perfect match for the wits of Edward. The heir of the Drymote Estate has his own charming and charismatic attitude that covers up his past. Of course, with a father like his, who could blame him for getting himself into trouble?

The premise of a poor, orphaned girl meeting a handsome bachelor isn’t a new concept, but it’s always been a fan favorite. The author does a great job at bringing in fresh elements to the trope with a sense of mystery and intrigue. However, I felt the romance between the main characters was a little stilted. Given this time period, courting was very different from today. For me, there wasn’t a bright spark…more like a pop and a fizzle.

The author gave enough information through actions, looks, and thoughts, but I had a hard time playing into the passion. Their romance felt more like a schoolgirl crush and I suppose one could say that Charlotte would act that way considering she was rarely seen in public and thought to be a recluse upon the grounds while living with her Uncle. I was hoping for Charlotte to blossom into womanhood in a more drastic way where I, as a reader, could feel the same passion Charlotte and Edward are said to have felt for each other.

I also thought Edward’s character, while charming, was a little bland. I think it’s because it was quite obvious in the beginning that he was playing the bad boy that everyone loves to hate. Again, this concept isn’t entirely new and is usually well received. I, unfortunately, had a hard time falling in love with him – liked him, but just didn’t love him.

Overall, I thought the story was a good read for a lazy, rainy day. The romance was sweet and cute and the mystery kept it fresh.

So, there you have it folks! If you’re looking for a sweet romance with mystery, check this one out for yourself. And as always, don’t forget to leave a review for the author! Happy reading!

Published by Lauren Eason

Author of Dark Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Podcaster. Book Reviewer. Catmom.

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