Today is the first day of National Romance Awareness Month and I am partnering with Shadow Mountain Publishing to celebrate!
Throughout the month of August, I will host several giveaways of titles from Shadow Mountain’s Proper Romance line.
All of them are fun novels that feature sweet, clean romances and none of the cringe-inducing scenes found in typical romance novels — which is why I love the Proper Romance line.
Today, I am giving away a copy of Nancy Campbell Allen’s The Secret of the India Orchid, which I can verify is a fantastic read.
Read on for my review of the novel, as well as a chance to win your own copy.
And please check back throughout the month for other giveaways of Proper Romance titles!
The Secret of the India Orchid Review
Anthony Blake 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 façade 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?
Nancy Campbell Allen’s newest offering, The Secret of the India Orchid, is a fast-paced historical novel.
It’s made up of equal parts romance and suspense, and it was a ton of fun to read.
Campbell does a marvelous job of creating intriguing and interesting characters.
I absolutely love Regency novels that feature spies, so this was right in my wheelhouse.
The setting of India definitely added a dash of something different to the mix.
Allen touches on some of the darker things that took place in Indian culture at the time, without allowing the story to become too overpowered by them.
I also really loved how she mixed in the use of various flowers to relay messages between the two main characters.
This is historically accurate, but rarely used in novels set in this period.
Overall, this is an utterly enjoyable novel and I can’t wait to read more works by this author in the future.
The Secret of the India Orchid Giveaway
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