Title: The Jewels of Halstead Manor by Kasey Stockton
Series: Ladies of Devon Book #1
Date Published: March 31, 2020
She can only stay as long as the invalid needs her... so he makes it his business to need her forever.
When a cryptic invitation brings Giulia Pepper to her uncle's remote estate in Devon, she arrives in dire need of a benefactor, only to discover that her uncle never sent her any invitation—nor does he want her there. Forced into a corner, Giulia must contrive a way to convince him to allow her to remain, just long enough to figure out where to go next.
Nicholas never asked for an earldom, but when an aged lord arrives at his door and tells Nicholas that he is next in line for the title, he willingly goes to Halstead Manor to learn the role. But someone isn’t pleased with the heir, and after a gunshot wound in the arm, Nicholas must discover who is out to get him.
When Giulia stumbles—literally—over a fallen man on the lane to Halstead, she has her answer: she can stay at Halstead and nurse her uncle's heir back to health. But as mystery builds and danger mounts, will Giulia and Nicholas be able to solve the puzzle before the Earl forces Giulia to leave for good? And furthermore, can they manage to work together without losing their hearts in the process?
Kasey Stockton is a new-to-me author of this the first book in the "Ladies of Devon" series.
I love regency romance but I when I've never read anything by the author before, I'm always a bit leery. However, this book was amazing and I needn't have worried at all!
There were twists and turns and mysteries and adventures from the first page to the last page. I had an inkling what the "key" was but the mystery was still fun to read as it unfolded.
I loved the chattiness and boldness of Giulia/Jules. There were times when it was quite comical.
Nick had a reputation to live down before Guilia would give him a second glance. Then there was Ames, who threw a wrench into things...
What a ride this story was!
I can't wait to read more by this author. She is amazing!
On to the next book!