The Echo by Sarah Lockhart

ECHO
The Echo by Sarah Lockhart
Publisher: Limograf Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (108 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Their lives were entangled by death and bitter scandal… would their hearts find a way out?

Ruined. Sarah Vere is the victim of early nineteenth century society – and events that she never expected. She does her best to face down the rumors, and the delighted horror of society. To be abandoned by that same society might be a relief.

But she’s abandoned by more than society:  her best friend is forbidden to speak to her …and Claire, who might have been wonderful and supportive, suddenly looks on her with society’s eyes.

Abandoned by those around her (can we afford to associate with a house of questionable morals?) rejected by all that matter, Sarah is, quite suddenly, invited by those who don’t… don’t behave that is: the legendary demi-monde. Her reaction is simply to hide.

This is an absolutely emotionally gripping tale; readers find themselves on Sarah’s side from the first, wanting to fight back. Oh there’s cousin Hatty, who wants to be brave … there’s Mama, undoubtedly right, but hardly a help…

We hope for a friend to step forward, some escape to appear, anything. Sarah is no coward, but life is difficult. Sarah escapes the world via thunderous gallops on her wonderful filly. It will bring her under the eyes of someone she could not have expected…

And it seems a friend may indeed introduce her to a different part of society, and a very different sort of man. I don’t want to spoil it, so will say no more on plot,  however, cast and characters are wonderful here, conversations lively, emotions amazing. I didn’t care for the abrupt change in point of view, however, we moved fluidly forward, so it is a small point in such a wonderful story. Do read.

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