Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Darkest Hour (A Darkest Season Novella) by Rebecca J. Greenwood

When dutiful Lady Hester Douglas, over thirty and long on the shelf, receives word that her brother Adam, the Duke of Blackdale, has survived the Battle of Waterloo, she abandons propriety and heads to Brussels to be by his side. Her widowed minister, Mr. Alasdair Gilchrist, escorts her on the journey from Scotland into a Europe recovering from years of war.

Once she reaches her injured brother, Hester must fight to keep Adam alive and tightly guard her heart’s deepest secret—she’s been in love with Mr. Gilchrist for years.

Will the pain of being with the minister, the man she loves and can never have, distract her from her purpose? Or will she overcome the barriers of age, rank, and station, and seize the love she’s dreamt of?

The Darkest Hour is a standalone inspirational Regency romance novella, and is also a prequel to The Darkest Summer.

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I was especially interested in reading this novella because it is a prequel to The Darkest Summer which I read and reviewed  last month. (and really liked!!)  This book gives some back history Adam, the main character in The Darkest Summer and gives us the full story of Hester, Adam's sister.  You can read these books in any order.

Hester's story is a sad one.  My heart was breaking the whole way through for her.  How did she survive such verbal and emotional abuse and remain so kind and sweet?!  Hester has a generous and good nature and it was so easy to love her.  I wanted all good things for her but most especially I wanted someone to love her.

I thought this novella was well developed.  Sometimes novellas can feel rushed due to their length but I thought this one was perfectly done.  I had all the feelings and emotions and became personally invested in the characters.  What more can you ask for?  

Content:  clean, some kissing

- I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are my own.


Rebecca J. Greenwood is an author, artist, and designer with a love of stories, especially Regency romances. She grew up in Texas as the oldest of six and studied visual art with a music minor at Brigham Young University. Rebecca lives in Utah with her husband, where she listens to audiobooks, cooks experimentally, has an interest in alternative health, and constantly has a new project in mind. Visit rebeccajgreenwood.com to experience more of her art, writing, and upcoming projects.

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