Book Review: A Promise Given by Michelle Cox


Title: A Promise Given
Author: Michelle Cox
Series: Henrietta and Inspector Howard #3
Publisher: She Writes Press
ISBN: 978-1-63152-373-1


A delightful romp through the English countryside and back.

Anxious to be married, Henrietta and Clive push forward with their wedding plans despite their family differences, made worse now by Oldrich Exley’s attempts to control the Von Harmons. When the long-awaited wedding day arrives, there is more unfolding than just Clive and Henrietta’s vows of love. Stanley and Elsie’s relationship is sorely tested by the presence of the dashing Lieutenant Harrison Barnes-Smith and by Henrietta’s friend Rose—a situation that grows increasingly dark and confused as time goes on.

As Clive and Henrietta begin their honeymoon at Castle Linley, the Howards’ ancestral estate in England, they encounter a whole new host of characters, including the eccentric Lord and Lady Linley and Clive’s mysterious cousin, Wallace. When a man is murdered in the village on the night of a house party at the Castle, Wallace comes under suspicion—and Clive and Henrietta are reluctantly drawn into the case, despite Clive’s anxiety at involving his new bride and Henrietta’s distracting news from home.

Delicately attempting to work together for the first time, Clive and Henrietta set out to prove Wallace’s innocence, uncovering as they do so some rather shocking truths that will shake the Linley name and estate forever.

My Review:

I have not had the chance to read the first two series yet.  I actually own the first one already, but just have not had time to start it. =(  After reading A Promise Given, I purchased the second book, A Ring of Truth.  It is less than $2 off the Amazon kindle shop, what a good deal!

A promise Given reminds me so much of Downton Abbey.  I am not talking about the plot.  Those two have nothing common in that department.  However, they are around the same time period.  All the war talk, after war effects, gatherings, dinners, and society expectation are there.

I really enjoyed this book.  I like Elsie’s story.  I wish there are more of her.  She and Henrietta have a different experience joining the society.  My favorite part is when Clive and Henrietta go to Castle Linley during their honeymoon.  Two Americans at all English gatherings are always funny.  There is also a little mystery at the end.

4 out of 5 stars
Received a free copy from Booksparks Pop-Up tour in exchange for an honest review.


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