Like forbidden fruit, forbidden love is more sweet…

It’s 1803 and widowed aristocrat Sophy De Browarec must flee France after being exposed as an undercover British agent. Fearing for her life, she returns to Cornwall to seek help from the only living link to her past, Fitzwilliam ‘Fitz’ Ravensbourne. 

Lord Ravensbourne has suffered his own share of misfortune and it’s left its mark in more ways than one. He has become a near recluse at the Ravensbourne Estate, but still reluctantly accepts Sophy into his home. 

Sophy and Fitz’s relationship is strained and her return could bring danger to Ravensbourne – but there is something that prevents Fitz from casting her out, something almost forbidden…

Title:  The Marked Lord
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Author:  Sharon Ibbotson
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  January 15, 2019
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4 stars

“The Marked Lord” brings us the debut novel of Sharon Ibbotson, and if you love being among the first to discover one of tomorrow’s well-known authors… then friend, you need to go pick up this story right now.

While the story isn’t an overly long one, it is packed full of emotional punches, historical tidbits and the underlying feel of several genres all combined in a way that isn’t overpowering but feels right for the characters we are coming to know.  If you enjoy Mystery or Suspense mixed in with your Romance you’ll find that almost immediately upon opening the book.  Does a touch of Gothic Romance send shivers down your spine?  Then you’ve certainly come to the right estate and the right Hero.  Do you get lost in the little known or written about details of Historical Romance?  Then you’ll witness a side to the battles between France and England with a slightly different viewpoint.  I’m no expert, I’m simply a reader with a blog, but I would not consider “The Marked Lord” to be a typical debut novel, and that only encourages me to watch for Ms. Ibbotson’s next story.

The cover description really gives you the basics of what you need to start on this adventure, and I don’t want to take away from your discovery of the surprises along the way by saying too much.  I got caught up easily in Sophy’s and Fitz’s story, their eventual romance.  It’s difficult to not get emotionally involved with them for they have both faced such heartbreak in their lives.

I would not hesitate to recommend “The Marked Lord” to any reader who enjoys touches of mystery, suspense, a puzzle to solve and watching two people fight their demons and fall in love.  I believe you’ll enjoy yourself in this world, as I did, and discover another author to add to your follow list.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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