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!