Through the Smoke – Brenda Novak

This is the first Brenda Novak novel I’ve read but it will definitely not be my last!

Through-the-Smoke-Final-with-ButtonsHere’s the Amazon description:

A shocking betrayal…
Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man’s child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance.

But he wasn’t the one who caused Katherine’s death. Or was he? To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last shocking confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood.

A forbidden love…

Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine’s life. In secret, the strong-willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl: he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the scaffold—and the devil. The earl agrees, but Rachel is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead.

Passionately drawn to the nobleman, despite all the doubt and mystery that shrouds him, Rachel wonders if he can really be a murderer. Or if he is the only man who will ever own her heart…


My review:

It’s been a while since I’ve read an historical romance. I’m glad I read this one. Novak created the Earl of Druridge in a way that makes the reader care. Its been a while since I cared for the titled hero. He’s a caring man who goes against convention to do what he feels is the right thing. Rachel McTavish is a strong woman whose had to deal with stunning tragedies. Her biggest obstacle though may be learning how to swallow her pride in order to hear what her heart is telling her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was one of those that I had a difficult time putting down. I will definitely be reading more of Novak’s books!

Interested to know more about Brenda Novak? You can visit her website here.

Have a great weekend everyone! Next week will be busy, stayed tuned for more info 😉




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