As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.
Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of Darvey women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps. Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.
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Book one: Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter
Book two: Courting the Devil
Book three: The Partisan’s Wife
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Romantic Historical Fiction
Heating Rating – 1
Review Rating – 4.5
Review by Sabrina
In the late 18th century, Anne Fairfield is an only child growing up under her mother’s love and care. She is led to believe that her father was killed in a battle long ago. The stories are told to her by her mother and family friend, Uncle Francis. Anne dreams of her father constantly and creates an image of him as a hero to be worshiped. When Anne is sixteen years old she is crushed to learn that her father is alive and has come to take her home with him. You see, he is Lord Esterleigh – a wealthy land owner who is eager to have Anne take her rightful place as his daughter and heir. Is Lord Esterleigh too late?
This is a dark novel that deals with the resentment and anger of a girl who has been misled and cannot seem to get past her grief. I believe Anne tries, but just when you think she’s coming around a new entanglement appears to thwart her healing. There is plenty of misunderstanding and lack of communication that keeps the bond between father and daughter from ever forming. How Anne initially deals with her new life is understandable, but as the story moves forward there were plenty of times when I just wanted to shake her.
Life is not all bad as Anne meets and finds comfort in Peter Marlowe. He is the son of life-long friend, Uncle Francis, and seems to be the only one who can draw Anne out of her pain and provide her with a reason to smile. I especially enjoyed the scene leading up to and when Peter realizes who it is he’s befriended.
While not a typical romance, this is a fascinating, complex story that I completely enjoyed. It is well written and entertained me with mystery, suspense, scandal, sinister characters and first love. The ending took me by surprise and I’m eager to see how it all plays out in book #2 – Courting the Devil.