the earl's betrothal by karen tuft is your standard regency fare. a young man is returned from the peninsular wars, his father's health is failing, his elder brother died and he is now the heir. while he was away at war his mother has acquired a hired companion, a vicar's daughter seemingly of little consequence. now that he is returned he must find his social footing and deal with the aftereffects of war.
one of the parallels between regency novels and the novels of today are the effects of war on returning soldiers. at the time there was no way to describe post-traumatic stress disorder. this is clearly what lord halford is suffering. and miss amelia clarke is the perfect balm to soothe his troubled soul.
there aren't any real surprises in the novel, but that isn't a bad thing. the reason to read novels like this is to enjoy a sweet love story while enjoying the atmosphere of a different time. it reminds me of the books my grandmother loved to read, the books she shared with me.
**the earl's betrothal published on may 1, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/covenant communications in exchange for my honest review.