Dark Surrender – Written by Erica Ridley
Reading Source: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
I haven’t read a historical romance novel in a long time. I got into them a while back and burned myself out by reading them all the time. When I moved on to a different genre, it was because I thought I had read them all – you know… Lord of the Manor is forced into marriage to some dotty backwoods lass – only she is not as dotty as she seems and she ends up causing some epic battle between the Lord and some other dude because she was a twit and brought about a war, etc. Well this is not that story. It is far from that story, and I can’t express how happy I was to find that out.
First off – let me preface this by saying this book brought me to tears on more than one occasion. Any book that can evoke emotion in me, be it a big goofy grin, silent tears or body wracking sobs – immediately gets 3.5 stars. Kudos to any author that successfully put me so deep into the story that the emotions of the characters are happening to me.
Violet Whitechapel grew up tough, after finding a place that she could do some good in the world – the safety she felt was unceremoniously ripped right out from under her. She did what she had to in order to prevent a child from being sexually abused by an arrogant rich benefactor. Seeing no other choice, Violet fled. At the end of her coin and her physical ability, she ends up at a dilapidated abbey.
Alistar Waldegrave has lived in the dark for the past nine years. He’s had no choice – he will do whatever it takes to protect his daughter. Lillian, Alistar’s daughter, has a sensitivity to the sun that is so severe her skin begins to blister almost immediately upon contact. Alistar has spent years searching for a cure and out of fear he has locked Lillian up in the boarded up abbey.Alistar offered Violet a chance she shouldn’t pass up – a chance to be his daughter’s governess and have sanctuary. Neither expected to find a new light and hope in the romance that sparked between them.
This was a touching story that I really enjoyed.