Book Title: Surrender of Trust
Author: Mariel Grey @Mariel_Grey
Genre: Historical Romance (Regency/Clean)
Release Date: April 2013
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Lucy Goodwin knows more about horse breeding than a proper young lady should. Her brother’s thoroughbred business has given her purpose and independence, but when an accident leaves her solely in charge, despair and destruction threaten her every move. Trapped in an impossible position, Lucy must do the right thing and watch their dreams crumble, or save their livelihood at a cost too great to bear.
Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour is a member of the prestigious Jockey Club, dedicated to eliminating cheating in horse racing. Trouble raises its ugly head when his business partner falls foul of an accident and he’s suddenly forced to deal with the man’s sister, who seems alarmingly out of her depth.
Chalifour respects Lucy’s steely resolve, but knows that single-mindedness can be the most dangerous trait of all. She might be beautiful and beguiling, but Lucy Goodwin is keeping secrets and Chalifour is determined to find out what they are.
Surrender of Trust is an eloquently written story full of descriptive details of an era with beautiful dresses and gentlemen callers. Muriel composes with such detail that readers will feel like they are a part of the story. It was so easy to lose yourself in the storyline.
Surrender of Trust starts out in London during the year 1803. Lucy Goodwin is visiting her good friend, Lady Monique. While visiting, Lady Monique receives a message from Lord Philip Lyton Marquess of Chalifour. Lucy and Chalifour are instantly attracted to each, but custom calls them not to mingle. Lucy is in mourning period from her father’s death, and Lord Chalifour is on a while different league then her.
Near tragedy strikes Lucy, and she is placed in a situation where she must handle family business. This family business includes meeting with Lord Chalifour and a viscount that is rather dreadful.
What price is Lucy willing to pay for her family? As a reader, the story questions how far will you go for the ones you love.
Muriel Grey reminds readers through her words why historical novels are so fantastic to read. Surrender of Trust allows your imagination to run wild and envision what it would be like to be in Lucy’s shoes or even one of the other young women’s.
I highly recommend reading Surrender of Trust. It is one of those books that will leave you with a huge smile on your face.
From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn’t happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, introduced the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit.
Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home.
Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as two mischievous rescue kittens (who are quite happy to play the role of villains). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and affiliated chapter of the Ancient City Romance Authors.
His thoughts deviated once again to Lucy. The image of her mouth made him shift in his seat. He had the curious sense she had been simultaneously annoyed with him, and yet grateful to him. Why she would feel either of these emotions was beyond him.
Women, for all the many pleasures they could provide, were frequently an enigma. Except for his occasional mistresses, he just could not make out the internal workings of their minds. In his view, the Cythereans were the only women who were generally straightforward. They provided pleasure to him, and in return, he provided lavish gifts and money to them.
Chalifour prowled the house. He had waited impatiently for Thursday to arrive. The days had crawled by since he left the Goodwin residence the previous Friday. Looking at the clock for the umpteenth time, he wondered when his coach would arrive. Why was he so edgy? Was it because he wanted to see Lucy, or was it because he wanted to hold the contract in his hands? He wasn’t certain he wanted to know the answer to that question.
“This is Mischief,” he said, gently stroking the soft nose of the restless filly. “I think it’s a perfect choice for you.”
Lucy ran her hands over the chestnut hair of the horse and smiled approvingly.
“I take it you are satisfied?”
“Very much so. She has lovely lines.”
Grabbing the apparel, Lucy bundled everything together and flew toward the door. She exited the room, feeling like a thief. Footsteps echoed up the staircase, and she scurried toward her bedchamber, just barely reaching her doorway when the valet appeared at the top of the steps, appearing winded. He reached out to steady himself against the wall, not appearing to notice her slipping into her chamber and closing her door.
Twirling before the looking glass, she could almost pretend she was a princess. Lady Elizabeth was surely dying of curiosity, but to her credit, was too much of a lady to ask about the events which had led to this situation. She liked Chalifour’s sister and wished they were close enough to share confidences. Mercifully, she would be able to talk with Monique later. She was in need of good advice. If nothing else, it would be a relief to unburden herself.