Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review - Dangerous to Know by Megan Whitson Lee

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Isabella Bankmill is looking for a husband. However, he has to meet certain criteria in order for Isabella to be interested. He must be a man of faith and be of a solid background. The moody Lord Bromby captures Isabella's heart but, he fails to meet her criteria.

Lord Bromby is a man haunted by his past. He recently achieves literary success but, is continuously engages in reckless behaviors. When a recent entanglement with an obsessive aristocrat goes awry, his friends urge him to marry a suitable lady. Bromby proposes to Isabella due to her angelic appearance and piety.

David Beringer is a kind religious man who is enamored with Isabella. However, Isabella is only interested in Lord Bromby. When Isabella and Lord Bromby's world collide, will Isabella be able to handle Bromby's dangerous world?

I found the novel to be an interesting and suspenseful read. I enjoyed reading about Isabella's engagement and the challenges she faced. I have read Henry James "A Portrait of a Lady", and this book reminds me of it.  Overall, a great book for any fan of historical romances.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion**

About the book:

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

About the author:

Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions.