Lady Ella Myerston is not as naïve as her family thinks she is; she understands the danger her brother and friends have recently experienced due to the rare red diamonds, known as the Fire Eyes. She intends to rid the family of any connection to the diamonds once and for all, even if it takes her on a dangerous adventure across the Cotswolds. Lord James Cayton wishes to put his past behind him and start anew next to Ralin Castle, home to his memories from boyhood. However, when he manages to involve himself in the mess with the diamonds, he discovers he may have not as peaceful a future as he envisioned; at least, not if Lady Ella is involved in it.
When I initially started this novel, I was frustrated because I had not read the first book in the series and was lost as to the background for much of the plot. I would highly recommend you read this series in order. After that initial frustration, however, I did enjoy the novel. It has great historical details, interesting mysteries, and, of course, lovely (if predictable) romance, complete with witty dialogue. The pace is a little slower than the first two books but nonetheless the storyline wraps up well in this novel. The characters are likable and develop good growth throughout the story. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy historical romantic fiction, but only after reading the first two books in the series.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.