Three heros, three rescues, three weddings.
The pleasure of your company is requested
at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster
...but not until she's rescued from a daring abduction by the most unexpected of heroes!
Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather's engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along - gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling.
Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy's expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race to escape the mysterious laird, until a final confrontation on a windswept cliff reveals what their future life could hold - if both are bold enough to seize and own the unexpected love they now share.
I’ve been mulling over my thoughts on Stephanie Laurens’ latest book, “In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster,” for a while, finding it difficult to put my thoughts into words. I adore Stephanie Laurens. Several of her books rank among my all-time favorites, and Devil Cynster is the only imaginary character that I would run away with if given the chance (ok, I might also run away with James Malory from Johanna Lindsey’s “Gentle Rogue” too). She is an auto-read author for me. Yet, “In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster” fell flat and ended up being a disappointing read.
This is the second book in Laurens’ latest series about three unmarried Cynster sisters: Heather, Eliza and Angelica – each of whom is targeted for abduction by a mysterious Scottish lord whose motives are unclear. In “Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue,” Heather is rescued by Viscount Breckenridge. The mysterious lord realizes that he has been bested, makes sure that Heather is safe and returns home. At the beginning of “In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster,” he hires the criminal Scropes to abduct the next sister, Eliza.
I was rather dumbfounded when only a couple of pages into Eliza’s story, she leaves a family party to meet a mysterious person who sends her a note knowing about the threat to her. She walks right into the kidnapper’s clutches in a move that screamed TSTL (Too Stupid to Live). If this book had been by almost any other author, I would have stopped reading at this point. I only continued because of my admiration for Laurens.
After being kidnapped, Eliza is kept drugged for most of the journey to Scotland. She is able to signal for help near the border when a rider on horseback drives close enough to the carriage in which she is being held. As a recent guest of the Duke of Wolverstone where the recent kidnapping of Heather Cynster was discussed, Jeremy Carling recognizes Eliza and figures out what is happening. A scholarly man, Jeremy isn’t quite sure what to do. However, he knows that he is Eliza’s only hope and devises a daring rescue.
Once Jeremy rescues Eliza, the two make for England and Wolverstone’s estate. Nothing goes according to plan, however, and the couple ends up walking most of the way trying to lose Scropes and the mysterious lord.
Unfortunately, it seemed as if there was little else happening in the story. While I liked Jeremy’s character and thought Eliza was a good match for him, there was absolutely no conflict between the two. Jeremy rescues Eliza. Eliza and Jeremy rely upon each other to make it to safety, both understanding that they will be expected to marry. So they explore their physical compatibility. Then, they must convince their family that they will have more than a stilted marriage of convenience.
The most memorable part of “In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster” is the mysterious Scottish lord and his story. There is some conflict with his mother that is driving his attempts to ruin and then possibly marry a Cynster. I am assuming the lord is the Earl of Glencrae, the hero of the third book in the trilogy, “The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae.” I also assume that Angelica Cynster is his heroine.
Despite my issues with “In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster,” I am happy that I did not stop reading it after Eliza’s idiotic move in the beginning. I am very intrigued by the kidnapper and his plight. I am very much looking forward to “The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae.”