Beneath an Italian Sky

beneathToday’s feature book was a literary feast for my romance heart.  Stacy Henrie wrote an excellent story that I couldn’t put down once I started it. I’m so excited to share this one with you. Here’s the blurb:

Summary

1908–American heiress Clare Herschel made what she hoped was a love match when she married the handsome, witty Emmett Markham, the Earl of Linwood. A little over a year into her marriage, though, Clare finds herself wintering in Sicily—alone. She is sure the mild climate is the answer to avoiding another miscarriage and Emmett’s apparent indifference, so she’s determined to remain in Italy as long as possible. The last person she expects to show up at the villa is her husband, especially when Emmett confesses he’s there to convince her to return to England.

As the only surviving son of a marquess, Emmett has done everything his father has asked of him—even agreeing to run for a seat in the House of Commons. However, this latest task comes with a nearly impossible caveat. He must convince his wife Clare to come back to England with him in order for them to appear to be a happy couple for his political campaigning. Emmett isn’t confident Clare will agree to the plan, though, not when she seems to want nothing to do with him or the life they’d begun building before she abruptly left him for Italy.

When a massive earthquake strikes Messina, Sicily, claiming the lives of thousands, Clare and Emmett must set aside their mutual misgivings about their marriage in order to survive and lend a helping hand to others. But in the wake of the destruction, they begin to realize they’ve been given a chance to decide if their love is stronger than the upheavals of the past.

My Review

A literary FEASTThis Regency romance features Emmet and Clare. They’ve been married for 14 months when the book begins, but Clare has unexpectedly left to live in his villa in Sicily while her husband is gone making repairs on one of their other properties. Emmet is devastated and questions his wife’s love. Did she only marry him for his title, as he overheard? The questions haunt him. Meanwhile, Clare tries to piece together her broken heart away from her husband, who refused to ever grieve with her over her last two miscarriages. Living with his domineering father and cold mother and sisters has shattered her confidence over the last year. She couldn’t take one more day of it, especially when she learns she is expecting again and the doctor suggests a warmer climate may be better for her health. She believes Emmet only married her for her money, on his father’s demand. The love-match she thought she struck has become spoiled in their time together with his family and her miscarriages. I won’t go into detail about the plot, but the story grabbed me from the get-go and didn’t let me go until I read The End. It is a riveting plot, an intriguing setting, lovable characters, lots of action with the earthquake that happens soon after Emmet reunites with his wife, and lots of plot twists and heart-tugging. I adored this book! It’s the kind I’m thrilled to read and journey with the characters through their misunderstandings, questions, and heartache to reach happily-ever-after. I highly recommend this one. There wasn’t any detail I didn’t enjoy.

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And to leave off, I thought I’d put some spring pics from the tulip festival I just went to this week with my daughter. Too pretty not to share. Enjoy! Have a great weekend.

Char