Welcome to the blog tour for The Lost Lieutenant! You already heard about how much I was looking forward to reading this last week, as a part of my Spring Into Reading Celebration. Well today I can confirm that the book was fantastic! Check out the giveaway at the end of this post, as well as the excerpt link. Trust me, you’ll be hooked after you read it 🙂
ABOUT THE BOOK
He’s doing what he can to save the Prince Regent’s life . . . but can he save his new marriage as well?
Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero–he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn’t think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.
Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn’t have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there’s something he can’t quite remember. It’s important, dangerous–and if he doesn’t recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone’s very life.
Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.
I have been waiting for this book for what seems like forever. I heard a lot of hype over it, the book blurb caught my attention, and the cover just made me want it even more. I had it on my bookshelf for a few weeks before I was able to actually read it – deadlines and all. The thing is, when there is so much anticipation about a book, sometimes when you actually go to read it, you run into the possibility of a huge let down. NOT AT ALL the case here! In fact, I think Vetsch actually surpassed my expectations.
A few things stood out to me as I was reading. First and foremost was how much I disliked the villain in this novel. I love to read about a good villain, because in my opinion villains can make or break a story. Diana’s father was just the epitome of a villain to me. Every time he was on the scene, he made my blood boil. He evilness just seemed to seethe right out of him. But perhaps some of my favorite times, were that when our handsome, charming prince, rather Earl, seemed to step up to him.
This is really only a glimpse into the story however. Evan’s character was just amazingly written. Hero doesn’t even start to define him. Yes, he had redeeming qualities. Yes, he made me swoon whenever he did gentlemen things, rescued people, or just basically lived lol. But there is something else about his character that I can’t quite put my finger on. He had so much to get through in this story – remembering his past, learning all the ways an Earl must act, and making something out of this marriage he seemed to be thrown into. Vetsch didn’t hold back with his character at all, and I for one am grateful. Yeah, he’s a hero people will be thinking about for a bit.
The romance here is wonderfully and beautifully written. Diana has her own reservations about men in general, thanks to her “loving” father and brother, and it was neat to see her start to understand maybe there is a different kind of man out there in the world. Although the blurb makes it appear that their romance is fast tracked, it really isn’t. There is time to learn about each other, the good and the bad, and just come together in a sweet way that will have readers begging for more.
Am I glad that Vetsch started a new series? Oh yes, a thousand times yes. My only regret is that it’s over, and now I have to wait for book two! Highly recommend this book to historical romance fans. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Twitter (@EricaVetsch), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).
Have you put this book on your TBR list yet? What are you waiting for!?