Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Book Review: Pearl's Promise by Edwina Kiernan

About the Book:

A duty-bound heir. A dejected spinster.

An encounter that could ruin both their families’ demands for their futures…

Pearl Acton’s worst fears are coming true. She’ll be trapped in a loveless marriage—just like her parents—as her family seeks to quickly marry her off to the wealthy Mr. Clarence. Until an encounter with a quiet and soulful heir sparks a fragile hope that somehow Pearl might aid her family and marry for love.

Nicholas Dalton has always been a disappointment to his father, with his poetic soul and disorganised nature. In London for the season, Nicholas finds an instant connection with Pearl, but it would seem her future is promised to another. Or might she feel the same as he?

As Pearl and Nicholas each strive to uphold their family duties, they soon discover that things aren’t quite what they seem. But is it too late to escape their crushing obligations and forge a new path — together?

My Thoughts:

Pearl’s Promise by Edwina Kiernan started out slow as the author introduced the characters and their situations. My attention was a bit sporadic until page 92 when Nicholas sees Pearl for the first time. After that, my interest grew steadily, and I enjoyed the unfolding of their romance.

Nicholas, my favorite character in the book, is a good-hearted hero who longs to help and bless others. His devotion for Pearl grows quickly and his heart toward her is protective, unselfish, and loving. I liked Pearl as well, just not as much as I did Nicholas. Pearl is loving, loyal, and manipulated by her parents. Her actions and personality tie into one of the book’s themes that I found questionable and caused me to like the story a tad less.

Pearl’s Promise stands as book two in Edwina Kiernan’s Gems of Grace series, but works fine as a stand-alone read. I think many fans of Christian historical romances will enjoy this novel.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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