mercoledì 3 settembre 2014

Review The Maid of Milan by Beverley Eikli

themaidofmilan-eikliTitle: The Maid of Milan
Author: Beverley Eikli
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date: February 2, 2014
Number of Pages: 256
Format: Ebook
Source: For Review-Blog
Genre: Historical Romance 

How much would you pay for a clear conscience?
Adelaide Leeson wants to prove herself worthy of her husband, a man of noble aspirations who married her when she was at her lowest ebb.
Lord Tristan Leeson is a model of diplomacy and self-control, even curbing the fiery impulses of his youth to maintain the calm relations deemed essential by his mother-in-law to preserve his wife’s health.
A visit from his boyhood friend, feted poet Lord James Dewhurst, author of the sensational Maid of Milan, persuades Tristan that leaving the countryside behind for the London Season will be in everyone’s interests.
But as Tristan’s political career rises and Adelaide revels in society’s adulation, the secrets of the past are uncovered. And there’s a high price to pay for a life of deception.

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When she was a girl and lived in Milan Adelaide has had an affair and lost the child she was. To hide the scandal she and her mother move to England. The mother convinces her to marry Tristan, a young widower and devises a ploy to justify its non virginity: their ship was attacked by pirates and the girl was raped. Convinces Tristan that the trauma has resulted in a fragile state of physical and mental health, and this justifies the coldness of women in their relationships. Adelaide bears this marriage of convenience. When she is falling in love with her ​​husband reappears in her life Jason, her former lover. Jason is a good friend of Tristan and is being hosted at their house with his young girlfriend Beatrice. Adelaide will have to fight against Jason and his mother in order to love her husband. 
It's a regency romance very different from the usual. It has a very rich and engrossing plot: nothing is missing, secrets, lies, scandals, unrequited love, jealousy, death, twists.... The problems faced are very real and so are the characters. Adelaide is a young woman who is a victim of her own lies and whose only fault is great and not knowing how to rebel against the mother. Tristan is the man hero, an honorable man who loves and respects his wife and protects it from anything that could hurt her. Mrs. Henley, however, is a woman hateful, manipulative, selfish, is really unbearable. 
This story is written really well, so simple and addictive., The ending is amazing. I recommend it to anyone who loves historical novels and love stories.


About Beverley Eikli

Beverley Eikli is the award-winning author of eight historical romances, laced with mystery and intrigue.
She has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, a safari lodge manager in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and an airborne geophysical survey operator working in the back of low-flying aircraft on contracts around the world.
Beverley's writing career took off when she married the handsome Norwegian bush pilot she met around a camp fire in Botswana. As a pilot's wife living in twelve different countries - and, often as the only woman on the survey contracts she worked on - writing romance was her preferred entertainment when her male colleagues were playing cards.
Beverley loves exploring complex issues such as the consequences faced by characters who make errors of judgement in a punitive society. However her heroines always have the wit to triumph over the strictures of the society in which they live, even as they battle the dangerous currents which threaten to swamp them.
Beverley and her husband have finally settled in a pretty country town near Melbourne, Australia, where she teaches in the Department of Professional Writing & Editing at Victoria University.
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