The Return of the Earl by Joan Wolf

The Return of the Earl by Joan Wolf
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Historical, Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistflower

Laura’s situation is dire. She and her little daughter are being evicted from their home. Her husband has committed suicide and her house is now the property of the next male heir. When her godmother offers her a position at Chiltern Hall, Laura leaps at the chance. The new Earl of Chiltern is representing England at the Congress of Vienna, and his home and his nieces cannot be left to the care of the servants.

Laura accepts the position of chatelaine at Chiltern Hall. She loves the house and the children, and she becomes fond of the estate steward, the gorgeous Mark Kingston. Then the earl comes home. And Laura falls in love. How can she remain at Chiltern Hall feeling the way she does?

I’ve read several Joan Wolf books now and her writing style is consistently enjoyable. I always feel connected to the characters and absorbed into the setting. Positive escapism in a book is my stress relief. What was I to do while stuck in Chicago for five hours waiting for a connecting flight? Why read, of course.

I started what I hoped would be a great book and The Return of the Earl by Joan Wolf didn’t disappoint. While reading it, I had several moments where I had no idea I was in an airport or that my husband was talking to me. Before I knew it, it was time to board my plane.

The heroine, Laura, is genuinely sweet. It’s impossible to dislike anything about her. The hero, Robert, is a hero in every sense of the word. Together, they make the perfect sensational romance.

The story kept me engaged from beginning to end. There were some unexpected plot twists that kept me riveted. All-in-all, The Return of the Earl is a remarkable book worth spending the time to read.

What I liked most about this book was the journey. It was heartwarming, funny and a little bit suspenseful. If the prologue intrigues you as it did me, then definitely give it a shot.

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