A novella length tie-in to Deb Marlowe’s Half Moon House series, An Unexpected Encounter was sweet Regency Romance, perfect to the time in feel. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but I will be picking it up, since the premise is too good to resist. Reminiscent of Heidi Fleiss and her notorious black book, the heroine in this story meets one of the fallen women at the museum, and is convinced to keep watch over a child that appears to be without supervision or family.
Lisbeth is at a crossroads herself, and is perfectly delightful in her manner and approach, while not having a solid sense of her own place in the world at the moment, she is at loose ends but not so self-involved as to be callous to the needs of others. When she encounters Lord Cotwell, and their dynamic starts to turn into one that is more than simple employer / employee, the story is sweetly romantic.
There are no great plot twists or turns, this feels like a ‘filler’ story to set more pieces in place for the series, and give a moment to characters that may not be fully explored in the series length books. Delightfully sweet and light, this story will convince you, as it did me, to explore the series and this author’s work.
Title: An Unexpected Encounter
Author: Deb Marlowe
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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*** This novella was previously found in the anthology, An Encounter at the Museum.
It has been altered slightly. An epilogue has been added.
Tall, practical girls might not be worth much in man's world, but Miss Lisbeth Moreton knows she's worth more than the squire's prized heifer. To change her fate, she's run off to a date with destiny at the British Museum. Her would-be swain never shows, but an unexpected encounter with Lord Cotwell and his lonely ward might lead to altogether new prospects . . . and perhaps to love.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.