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Review: Surrender Of Trust by Mariel Grey

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Book Title: Surrender of Trust 
Author: Mariel Grey 
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency/Clean) 
Release Date: April 2013 
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Lucy Goodwin knows more about horse breeding than a proper young lady should. Her brother’s thoroughbred business has given her purpose and independence, but when an accident leaves her solely in charge, despair and destruction threaten her every move. Trapped in an impossible position, Lucy must do the right thing and watch their dreams crumble, or save their livelihood at a cost too great to bear.

Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour is a member of the prestigious Jockey Club, dedicated to eliminating cheating in horse racing. Trouble raises its ugly head when his business partner falls foul of an accident and he’s suddenly forced to deal with the man’s sister, who seems alarmingly out of her depth.

Chalifour respects Lucy’s steely resolve, but knows that single-mindedness can be the most dangerous trait of all. She might be beautiful and beguiling, but Lucy Goodwin is keeping secrets and Chalifour is determined to find out what they are.



When Lucy Goodwin’s brother has an accident and the doctor can’t tell whether or not he’ll survive, she finds herself in a very difficult position.  Their horse breeding business is bound to suffer as she can’t legally access the funds to keep it running and to make things worse a peer shows up demanding payment of an outrageous sum on a debt completely unknown to her and which, if not paid in due time, will ruin their family’s good name.
That’s when the Marquess of Chalifour, member of the Jockey Club, comes to meet her brother to conclude a business transaction that will be very beneficial for them and Lucy starts making decisions that might not be the best for her family’s future.
This is a nice and clean historic romance.  The author does a good job recreating the ambiance of the era and it’s nicely paced.  The characters are good, both the main and secondary, but I felt the short time span of the story makes the love relationship seem a bit rushed.
The book it’s overall a nice read especially if you like the genre and don’t care for the overly erotic sex scenes.

3.75 Book Corner Stars 
*An review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review*


excerpt
Twirling before the looking glass, she could almost pretend she was a princess. Lady Elizabeth was surely dying of curiosity, but to her credit, was too much of a lady to ask about the events which had led to this situation. She liked Chalifour’s sister and wished they were close enough to share confidences. Mercifully, she would be able to talk with Monique later. She was in need of good advice. If nothing else, it would be a relief to unburden herself.


meet the author

From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn’t happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, introduced the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit.

Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home.

Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as two mischievous rescue kittens (who are quite happy to play the role of villains). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and affiliated chapter of the Ancient City Romance Authors.
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