The Darkest Summer by Rebecca J. Greenwood (Review & #Giveaway)

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The Darkest Summer
(The Darkest Season #1)
by Rebecca J. Greenwood
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
November 14th 2017 by Sweetwater Books


Lady Cora Winfield’s life has always gone according to plan–her mother’s plan. So when she meets the dark Duke of Blackdell, Cora is fascinated. Knowing his dangerous reputation, Cora’s mother flatly forbids the match, and the duke decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped and facing a scandal, Lady Cora must now decide whether love will be her downfall or the beginning of a new plan, one she never dreamed possible.

Set in the stormy summer of 1816, this Regency romance is a retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone.

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My Review

THE DARKEST SUMMER is aptly named for the English summer that more closely resembled the winter when this story takes place, and the story itself that is beset by disaster almost from the beginning. Thank goodness there is plenty of humor, romance, and charming characters to lend balance to the story. Regency fans will be equally intrigued and humored by this tale of romance and escape to Greta Green.

I really liked these characters with all their strengths and imperfections. Cora is unlike so many women found during the season with her eccentricities in plants, quick wit, and kindness, but comes with an overbearing mother. Adam is plagued by much in his past and still deals with nightmares and repercussions. He is the epitome of dark and brooding aristocracy. They make a very interesting pair, with chemistry you can feel flying off the pages. I really enjoyed the characters and story as a whole. My issues were in Adam coming across a little like a stalker and then the disasters the characters faced becoming overdone, or as the English might say "doing it much too brown." Still, it was a very entertaining read.

In the end, was it what I wished for? As I said above, this was an entertaining read that was intriguing, humorous, and romantic, keeping me turning the pages from beginning to end. I'm hoping for more stories about these siblings (I'm hoping the brother lost at sea is still alive and will get his story told).

Content: Some innuendo and references to violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

The Darkest Hour
(The Darkest Season #0.5)
by Rebecca J. Greenwood
Adult Historical Romance, Christian


When dutiful Lady Hester Douglas, over thirty and long on the shelf, receives word that her brother Adam, the Duke of Blackdale, has survived the Battle of Waterloo, she abandons propriety and heads to Brussels to be by his side. Her widowed minister, Mr. Alasdair Gilchrist, escorts her on the journey from Scotland into a Europe recovering from years of war.

Once she reaches her injured brother, Hester must fight to keep Adam alive and tightly guard her heart’s deepest secret—she’s been in love with Mr. Gilchrist for years.

Will the pain of being with the minister, the man she loves and can never have, distract her from her purpose? Or will she overcome the barriers of age, rank, and station, and seize the love she’s dreamt of?

The Darkest Hour is a standalone inspirational Regency romance novella, and is also a prequel to The Darkest Summer.

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About the Author

Rebecca J. Greenwood is an author, artist, and designer with a love of stories, especially Regency romances. She grew up in Texas as the oldest of six and studied visual art with a music minor at Brigham Young University. Rebecca lives in Utah with her husband, where she listens to audiobooks, cooks experimentally, has an interest in alternative health, and constantly has a new project in mind. Visit to experience more of her art, writing, and upcoming projects.

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