Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter by Kathy Fischer-Brown

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Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter by Kathy Fischer-Brown
Publisher: Self
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (346 pgs)
Heat:  Sweet
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

As a child, Anne Fairfield dreams of the father she never knew, the hero who died fighting the French and their Indian allies in a land across the sea. Her mother’s stories, and fantasies of her own devising, sustain and nurture her through a poor and lonely existence. Until one winter night, a strange man comes to call, and the life she has known comes crashing down like shattered glass.

Forced to confront sordid truths, secrets and lies, the headstrong young woman begins to learn that, like generations of women ruled by their hearts, she is destined to follow in their footsteps.

Set against the backdrop of 18th century England, Lord Esterleigh’s Daughter is the first book in “The Serpent’s Tooth” trilogy, which follows Anne from the rural countryside, to London society and into the center of the American Revolution.

Jane Austen showed us the gentle side of 19th century England; Kathy Fischer-Brown sets her work a century earlier and shows us how envy, revenge, and greed can work to effect long-term changes on one young woman.

This book (and I assume the ones that follow it) are not stand-alone books.  I admit, I’m used to books, even those in a series, being ones you can read separately. The Serpent’s Tooth Trilogy is just that — a real trilogy.  It caught this reader off-guard to reach the end of the book, but not the end of the story by any means. So, caveat emptor, if you are the kind of reader who does not like to wait to find out what happens next—buy all three books in this trilogy at once.

Our heroine, Anne has been brought up to believe that her father is dead–dying a heroic death in war. When her mother is on her deathbed, however, she discovers that not only is her father alive but lives close enough he has been able to keep up with the family. He wants to make amends and bring the whole family back together, but it’s too late for Anne’s mother. And, Anne has a hard time forgiving her father for his apparent disregard of them for years.

Anne’s suspicions and anger at her father lead her into many complications and issues –reminiscent, at times, of the gothic novels I grew up on. Who can Anne trust? Who should she avoid?

The author does a wonderful job of showing all these complications clearly, with apt description, and I could easily see this series as a movie–maybe one day I will.   So, if you are a fan of dark gothic themes,  enjoy seeing the underbelly of British society and what goes on behind the scenes, as it were, I highly recommend you buy this trilogy.

As for now I’m completely hooked and off to read the “rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey would have said.

Comments

  1. M. Nark says:

    Love the sound of this. I’m a huge fan of books set in this time period — can’t wait to sink my teeth in!

    mnark111 AT gmail DOT com

  2. I admit … I went and checked all the books. This sounds really good! I’ve been delving into the Revolution lately, and I can’t help but be attracted to these books.

    mystiholiday AT gmail DOT com

  3. I agree.. this is a really good book. I don’t know if anyone remembers the old Angelique books by Anne and Serge Golon… she was always finding herself in peril as she searched for her husband. This book reminded me somewhat of that.

    Have the other two downloaded and ready to read …unfortunately, it’s summer at the library. Anyone with kids knows what that means…lol.

  4. Mary Preston says:

    I will be buying all three books at once. This is going to be just wonderful by all accounts.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  5. Thanks for hosting me today and for the lovely review!

  6. Sounds like a great read!

  7. momjane says:

    This sounded like a really great and honest review The series sounds awesome.

  8. Karen H in NC says:

    Well, it’s the last day of the tour and I want to say I’ve enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  9. Chelsea B. says:

    Hi, Kathy! I’ve enjoyed tagging along on your blog tour!
    Best,
    Chelsea.

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  10. Catherine says:

    It’s a different time period for me. I usually read contemporary romance novels (when I read fiction).
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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