Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review of The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen

New from author Nancy Campbell Allen comes a Regency set in exotic India that Booklist calls, "A smart and striking work of romantic suspense."

We start my month of giveaways with the book combination of Maria Hoagland's Home for the Holidays and Nancy Campbell Allen's The Secret of the India Orchid. I thought these were a good combination because of the idea of HOME. In Secret, Sophie leaves her home of England to go to India where she runs into the very one she is trying to heal a broken heart over. In Home for the Holidays, Avery goes home for Christmas only to run into the one she had hoped to never see again. Here's for homes and reuniting with old acquaintances. If you'd like to win a copy of each of these books, enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.

And now my review of The Secret of the India Orchid.

Book Description:

Anthony Blake, the Earl of Wilshire, is in love with his best friend’s sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn’t as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?

My Review:

A loose follow-up to My Fair Gentleman, which I adored (you can read my review of that one here), The Secret of the India Orchid follows Jack's younger sister Sophie. Sophie comes from a unique background, and I enjoyed her. She is both tender and strong. With her life experiences, she is different than other characters. Because of that, she has a unique voice and tenaciousness. As much as I liked Sophie's character, I liked Anthony even more. A swoon-worthy gentleman disguised as a rouge, Anthony the spy reminds me of the Scarlet Pimpernel (because I haven't read any James Bond books). A fun premise for a book set in lovely, exotic India. Well worth the read!

It is interesting to me that so many of the historical sweet romance books I've read in the past year or so have taken place in India. I guess England was getting old for everyone? I don't mind; it just seemed odd that I hadn't read any before this, and now I've read at least three.

AND... I am giving away your very own paperback copy! As part of Romance Awareness Month hosted by Proper Romance, I am giving away a paperback version of The Secret of India Orchid by Nancy Allen Campbell, as well as a Kindle version of Home for the Holidays by Maria Hoagland. Enter below!

The Secret of the India Orchid

by Nancy Allen Campbell

is available in ebook and paperback.

In honor of Romance Awareness Month, enter the giveaway below to win a paperback of The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen and a Kindle version of Home for the Holidays by Maria Hoagland.