Amid the Unforgettable Costwolds, the Final Grasp for the Fire Eyes Diamonds Could Threaten Them All.
Back Cover: Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile - even if it's just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends, and she won't wait for peril to strike again. She intends to take action... and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.
Lord James Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he's determined to live a better life ... but that proves complicated when old acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won't budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her - and his daughter - from those intent on destroying them all?
Review: I really enjoyed this book - a lot! This is the third, and I believe final, book in this trilogy spanning the adventures of the "Ladies of the Manor" and the dreaded Fire Eyes diamonds. I enjoy a good romance as well as the next girl, but what really separates the 'ok' books from the really enjoyable ones is the story outside the romance. This book has that in spades.
Throughout the series, we have the cursed Fire Eyes - an incredibly rare and extremely valuable set of red diamonds. Unfortunately for the owners of the Fire Eyes there always seems to be some evil, desperate person in want of the precious jewels. Sadly, many people have died over the possession of the Fire Eyes as their illicit gleam incites terrible greed.
Lady Ella Myerston has watched the evil that has been unleashed upon her family and close friends due to their possession of the legendary Fire Eyes. Quite frankly, she has had enough of seeing those closest to her get hurt. Bound and determined to get to the bottom of the Fire Eyes curse, she travels to the home of her closest friend to begin her investigation. Her friends and family don't suspect a thing - how could they? They think Ella has nothing in her head except fairies, butterflies, and sunshine. Though a happy person by nature, Ella is no fool. Observant and clever, she begins to make some real progress with her research. However, what started out as an academic interest turns markedly more real when the dashing Lord James Cayton becomes involved and old threats resurface in a way that none of them anticipated.
A Lady Unrivaled is a delightful and nail-biting mystery. I loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat and the I completely fell in love with the characters. I also really liked the above-stairs and below-stairs dramas in this book - as in, the stories of the manor staff and then the lords and ladies themselves. A very interesting drama, for certain! I would definitely recommend this series.
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.