The Countess and The Baron by Isabella Thorne
This is intense, tragic, suspenseful and heartwarming. Prudence thought that she was escaping from hell when, after she was caught kissing an Earl, they were forced to wed. But it turned out tat her father was not the only monster in the world, or the worst. She manages to get away one day and runs to an abbey. She planned to stay there, but the Reverend Mother sent her to her nephew until she found someplace more permanent. George had been helping his aunt for years, hiding women for a variety of reasons. The longer she stayed, the happier and freer she felt. George was kind, caring, gentle and protective, towards her and his ward. Unfortunately things don't go as planned. There are triggers for some, physical abuse is talked about and incest is hinted at but never outright stated. The storyline, other than those two factors, was intriguing and sweet.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Candid Book Reviews. This is my honest and voluntary opinion of it.
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