Book Review: The Enigma of a Widow

The Enigma of a Widow
The Widows of Aristocracy Book 2
by Linda Rae Sande
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Having lost her husband in the Battle of Ligny, Lady Lydia Barrymore is
determined to resume her work for the Foreign Office when her
mourning period is over. She’s spent a year solving puzzles and
assembling dissected maps to maintain her skills. Her first
assignment has her perplexed, though – do what she must to help a
fellow operative recover his sanity. Although she finds the man
rather beautiful, Sir Donald has also proved most annoying.
Newly knighted Adonis Truscott returned from the Continent with a tendency
to get lost in his thoughts. His frequent episodes of staring into
space have his sister claiming he’s a candidate for Bedlam – and he’s
not about to argue. He doesn’t always remember where or when he was
when he recovers, but he remembers he made a promise, and he’s
determined to keep it. A promise to provide protection for Lydia,
whether she wants it or not.
When a puzzle’s directions require Lydia to solve it with the help of
Adonis, she discovers the man harbors secrets that may be impossible
to reveal. With her own sanity in jeopardy – a year-long mystery
involving her late husband may be more annoying and dangerous than an
errant knight – Lydia will have to piece together a solution that
suits them both in The Enigma of a Widow.

My Review

I loved this book a lot! I saw a strong woman, with a quick mind and always up for a challenge. I felt her ambition to succeed in all her tasks and missions and for that, I am so very pleased with what I’ve read!

Again this is one of those series I never start from the beginning because… that’s me! But I never felt outside of the plot, I never missed anything from the action in “The Enigma of a Widow” by not reading the other book in the series. However, it would have been nice. Because the writing is beautiful and the characters are so well built!

Ok, the action is summarized very well in the plot. We have a combination of Romance and…. Anything our heart may desire, in the limits of romance. The author wanted to give a little bit of everything and mixed it all up beautifully. She created a background for each of them, giving us a feel of their emotions, prior to their meeting.

And because I’m getting to the characters and their stories, Adonis and his PTSD are so well captured, as well as Lydia’s attitude and her reaction towards his emotions and needs. She is not a woman that gets scared easily and she is not one to back away from a challenge. For that, I respect and admire her.

All in all, this was such a lovely read and a great way to pass the time. Suffice to say I’ve read it in one day – such is the grip of a good story! I hope you’ll enjoy it as well 🙂 5/5 stars!

A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years
as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics
workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include
SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research
on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.
A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the
local cinema. Although she no longer has any fish, she follows the
San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. See her
upcoming books on her website:
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