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Book Review - Unveiled

Written by Lisa Marie Wilkinson, Romance Novel News
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unveiled-final"Unveiled" (Historical Romance, HQN, $7.99), by Courtney Milan: In 1837 England, battle lines are being drawn in a fight for a dukedom. Ash Turner, a distant cousin of the ailing Duke of Parford, has petitioned Parliament with proof that he is the legitimate heir, leaving the current Duke’s grown children, Lady Anna Margaret and her two brothers, to face the scorn of society and a bleak future as bastards.


While her brothers race to rally votes in an upcoming Parliamentary session, Anna Margaret remains at Parford Manor and assumes the identity of a nurse, with instructions to spy on the man attempting to steal their birthright.


Expecting a cold-hearted, ruthless opportunist, Anna Margaret is surprised to discover Ash is a kind, intelligent man who harbors a grudge against her father.  The more she learns about Ash and the injustices his family has suffered, the more difficult maintaining her familial loyalty becomes, especially when Ash reveals a personal secret that could result in his own destruction.


Unveiled is one of those rare books where the human heart is revealed in all its complexity and the relationship between the hero and heroine develops in a believable, completely satisfying way. 


Major themes such as self-image, loyalty and trust are explored, and author Courtney Milan handles the intricacies of the English courts system of that period with a deft hand. 


The only thing that keeps “Unveiled” from being a solid 5-star read is that it was difficult to believe Ash failed to guess Anna Margaret’s true identity, despite the number of hints that were dropped and the fact that most of Ash’s business dealings were based upon his strong instincts and insight into people.


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