An historical inspirational romance that tugs on the heart... The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch (Review) @justreadtours

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The Lost Lieutenant
(Serendipity and Secrets #1)
By Erica Vetsch
Christian Historical Romance, Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
April 21st 2020 by Kregel Publications


He's doing what he can to save the Prince Regent's life . . . but can he save his new marriage as well?

Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero--he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn't think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn't have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there's something he can't quite remember. It's important, dangerous--and if he doesn't recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone's very life.

Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.

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My Review

THE LOST LIEUTENANT is a sweet start to this new series. Endearing characters, both veiled and seen villains, sweet romance, moments of faith, and a story that is a twist between Cinderella and the marriage-of-convenience trope will entertain readers. Recommended to historical inspirational romance fans.

I had such high expectations when I began this book after seeing so many positive reviews, loving the cover, and being intrigued by the premise. I really loved the characters and enjoyed the overall plot. Both the main characters are charming and arresting. I also liked the hero being the Cinderella in this story (the first time I've seen a male character play that role) and how he went from an injured soldier to a wealthy member of the peerage. The plot was paced well and the story held my interest overall.

I also had some issues. There was quite a bit of repetition. Either those parts needed to be edited out or reworded so they didn't feel so much like the same thing was being repeated. I felt there was some needed development in several places. There was a bit more suggestive content than I thought necessary. Finally, some parts were too prettily tied off - making things feel very unrealistic.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this story overall. There were areas and parts that I felt needed more development or editing, but the characters were wonderful. I'm very much looking forward to reading Marcus's story in the next book as I really loved his character in this one.

Content: Some suggestive references in regards to a married couple and some innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through JustRead Tours, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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