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‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ by Grace Elliot

‘A DEAD MAN’S DEBT’

Celeste Armitage has a plan….and that plan doesn’t include marriage.

After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste’s despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess’s eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she has sworn to avoid…if only her blood didn’t heat at the thought of him.

Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf’s life is a facade. Only he can save the Charing’s from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother’s reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fully fury of his nemesis is unleashed…and Ranulf faces a stark choice between family duty and true love. But when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name… and unwittingly places the woman he loves in mortal danger.

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GRACE ELLIOT

Photograph of historical fiction author Grace ElliotHISTORY, ROMANCE AND…CATS! Grace Elliot leads something of a double life. As a vet by day, she is obsessed by all things feline; by night she is the best selling author of historical fiction.

She is an avid reader and turned to writing as a way to de-stress from an emotionally demanding job.

She firmly believes that smart people read romance – as an antidote to the modern world!

Grace only discovered the wonders of social history many years after leaving education and, after working her way through the Tudors and medieval history, finally decided that her passion lay firmly with the Georgian and Regency periods.

Her inspiration to delve into the world of the historical fiction novel came initially from Margaret George, who encouraged her pick up and read her first social history book and Stephanie Laurens , who showed Grace that to fully escape to her new-found world she needed to write about it, which she has, most successfully.

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK

“A story of blackmail, duty and an unexpected love.”

This book threw out pretty much all of my preconceptions about historical romantic fiction. The plot, whilst predictable in it’s final outcome, had a substance and depth to it which surprised and pleased me.
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We have a heroine who isn’t the usual simpering, fragile woman, but has a mind and opinion of her own, which she isn’t frightened to expound. She is determined not to marry purely to further the family connections and fill it’s coffers, nor simply because she does not want to be ‘left on the shelf’. Celeste wants a taste of freedom and independence, to travel and increase her appreciation of her beloved art. She is seeking a husband who will respect both her and her ambitions, whilst acknowledging and embracing her individuality and intelligence as an equal, but she is quite content to remain single, if that’s what it takes. However, when she finally opens her heart, she does so with an astuteness which is completely without precedence in many young women of the time. When that something which she so covets is threatened, she is determined to fight for it, no matter what the consequences…
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We have a hero who is trying his hardest not to get caught in the trap that his position, as eldest son and heir dictates, whilst at the same time still maintaining and receiving respect from his parents, although he is also desperately trying to earn the love which he perceives they, in particular his mother, deny him.  Is reconciliation possible? Ranulph hopes that the double life he is forced to lead, will not jeopardize that position, but he is also unable to give up his secret dreams and ambitions, even when the very reputation of the family is at stake and danger threatens as he attempts to thwart his adversaries.
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Thrown into the mix is a  blackmailing scoundrel of the worst kind, who, with their accomplice, is determined to destroy the Charing family name and bring them to their knees, to further their own ambitions and plans. This blackmailer is an evil, determined character, who will use the most devious methods of deception, to win the day, but when all else fails, violence is  just a breath away.
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Duty, emotional struggle and turmoil, vie with two people’s growing love for each other. Two people who think the same way, like the same things and whose heart warming, evolving love story is held in check, by the author, to perfection. A creative, page-turning drama, a poignant story, characters totally engrossing in their complexity, with the distinctive essence of each easily discernible, sensual and evocative writing, from a great new author.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a copy of A Dead Man’s Debt, was sent to me free of charge by its author, Grace Elliot.

This in no way influenced any comments I may have expressed about the book, in any blog article I have posted. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

I personally do not agree with ‘rating’ a book, as the overall experience is all a matter of personal taste, which varies from reader to reader. However some review sites do demand a rating value, so when this review is posted to such a site, it will attract a 4 out of 5.

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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14 comments
  • Thank you so much Yvonne for taking the time to read ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’. I read your review with my heart in my mouth (forgive the cliche but it’s true) and I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it!
    kind regards, Grace x

  • Hi Grace,

    A great read, can’t wait for the next one!

    I hope that your working week is a little less stressful from here on out.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • Hi Geraldine,

    It’s always nice to ‘meet’ someone new, thanks for stopping by.

    I always give a true and honest review of every book I read, even if the book has been sent to me by the author or publisher, so believe me when I say that this book was excellent in both it’s content and execution.

    I am assuming that you sent a copy of your comments to Grace, but I will forward them on to her, just to be doubly sure, as I know she enjoys receiving comments as much as I do.

  • This sounds like a really good book and looks like it has all the elements I enjoy in historical romances. I’ve read quite a few of those and the only ones I seem to like are the ones written by Lisa Kleypas. Thanks for introducing me to an author I hadn’t read of before. Need less to say, this goes on my Wishlist.

  • Hi Violet,

    Lisa Kleypas is not an author that I am familiar with, so I did some checking on her books and you seem to have found a good match for Grace Elliot.

    Both authors have tried to add a little more substance to the story, than your basic Historical Romance and for me it makes for a much more enjoyable read.

    A book with a weak plot is a pretty pointless and unsatisfying read, no matter what the genre.

  • Hi Margaret,

    Yes, unfortunately this book is not availale as a printed copy. Amazon offer it as a kindle e-book, or as a free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet.

    I am not one for the traditional Barbara Cartland type romance, although I have been known to read one very occasionally, if I just can’t get into reading mode for anything else.

    This is definitely a step up from that, possibly more of a comparison with Georgette Heyer and as a new author, Grace has produced a good quality product in the Historical Romance genre.

  • Hi Kathy,

    I don’t tend to read an awful lot of historical romantic fiction, but as a first novel from a new author, I thought it was a better than average contribution to the genre. A gentle, easy read, which was most enjoyable.

  • Hi Kaye,

    ‘Love Letters’ and ‘Dead Man’s Debt’ are quite different in their content and author’s style of writing.

    ‘Love Letters’ is a contemporary romantic fiction, whilst Grace Elliot’s ‘Dead Man’s Debt’ is most definitely in the historical romantic fiction genre.

    I loved Grace’s first venture into the genre and I am sure that ‘Love Letters’ will not fail to disappoint.

  • Hi Mary,

    I have been trying my hardest not to join the ‘Kindle’ crowd, but I can see that very soon I shall be part of the dinosaur age if I don’t succumb, especially as the new authors that come on stream only make their books available as downloads.

    Luckily Grace made her book available to me as a PDF file, so I could read it on my laptop.

    I’m glad she did, as I would hate to have missed out on the chance to read and review such a good first novel.

Written by Yvonne

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