This is one of my long-awaited reads in 2021! I’ve been waiting since I read the first and second books to be able to finish the series and my oh my! The characters, the plot, the cameos from characters from the characters in the previous books in the Serendipity and Secrets series by Erica Vetsch all wrapped this up in a tiny little bow and gave several hours of pleasure.
The different take on a marriage of convenience trope was well executed and gave newer touches to a romance trope I’ve long enjoyed.
The Indebted Earl is a regency romance not to be missed that showcases things you don’t often find touched on in romances like it. I only wish it hadn’t ended so soon.
I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
About the book:
Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?
Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.
When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.
Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.
It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.
The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch is the third book in her Serendipity & Secrets Series (I have seen several people say that it is the last book in the series… But I am not so sure). In this book, we get to see some familiar faces from previous books while simultaneously being introduced to our new main characters Captain Charles Malvern and Lady Sophia Haverly! Right off Erica Vetsch grabbed my attention with the first scene and kept it through the remainder of the book (I mean honestly how could I not want to hear more about a wounded Sailor?), plus Captain Charles (or Captain Earl… So cute right?) is a dashing character who thinks he is unworthy and that his only place in the world can be at sea. In addition, Lady Sophia brings about a combination of feistiness, gentleness, and kindness that is compelling in her character.
I so enjoyed this third book in the Serendipity and Secrets Series and while it is part of a series you can read it as a standalone without feeling lost. I do hope it is not the last book in the series as I so want to know what happens to Celia! Overall, I liked this story and thought it was one of the best books yet by Erica Vetsch. 4 out of 5 stars, I do wish that there had been a bit more of a romance between the characters, and at times it moved a bit slow (although this is regency).
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
About Erica Vetsch
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.
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