Friday, 3 May 2013

Book Review: Sweet Madness by Heather Snow

Sweet Madness (Veiled Seduction #3)
Author: Heather Snow
Publisher: Signet
Format: Paperback & E-book (374 pages)
Publish Date: 2 April 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:

There’s a fine line between love and insanity.

An Untamed Mind

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich's family to her door.

Gabriel Devereaux's unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.

Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.

My review: 

And Heather Snow’s done it again! I loved Sweet Madness, the third book in the Veiled Seduction series.

Heather continues her theme of intelligent and strong women, this time with Penelope. She’s quite different to the first two heroines, Emma and Liliana, whereas they both had a specific field of interest that they were gifted at and were rather socially awkward. Penelope is happy to be a ‘society wife’ to the man she loves. Until her marriage turns out to be very different than expected.

After her husband’s death she starts to help soldiers who are struggling with battle fatigue, and educates herself on the illnesses of the mind. That's how Penelope comes to Gabriel's aid, he is her deceased husband's cousin, and his mother asks her to help Gabriel.

Gabriel was the perfect tortured hero, he's been through so much. Not only has he been through the horrors of war, now he suffers humiliating and debilitating bouts of 'madness' where he has no control over his actions and no memory of his episode. Gabriel is reluctant to accept Penelope's help at first, he doesn't want her to see his madness but eventually he comes to realise that Penelope is exactly the person he needs to help him.

I loved Penelope's quiet strength. She's also been through a lot, her husband died after 6 months of marriage and she's retreated into a shell, losing her innocent sunny outlook. Together Gabriel and Penelope, work towards fighting his battle fatigue and discovering the source of his 'madness'. They have to be very open with each other, especially Gabriel about the war, which really strengthens their bond.

I loved how well researched this book clearly was, it was fascinating. I also really enjoyed revisiting Liliana and Geoffrey from book 1, Sweet Enemy. The romance was so powerful in this, because the future is so uncertain and they're having to fight though so many obstacles for their happy ending. There's plenty of chemistry, and twists to keep you on your feet! The story is so well written that you can't help but be drawn in and experience all of the emotions the characters feel. 
I can't wait to see what Heather Snow brings us next!


  1. I've been wanting to read this and it's on my TBR list. It does look like a great read.

    1. I was so excited for it, it doesn't disappoint :)


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