Devil's Return: Allan's Miscellany 1847 (Allan's Miscellany #4)
Author: Sandra Schwab
Release Date: 15 August 2014
Seven years ago Fran and Alex were very much in love. Yet because Alex was only a younger son with no prospects to speak of, Fran’s family pressured her into breaking the engagement and marrying a rich, titled man instead. Filled with bitterness, Alex left England for the New World.
Now he is back, more dangerous and more cynical than ever before. He has found fame and fortune as an adventurer, traveling the world from America to the Near East and writing about his travels for Allan’s Miscellany. He has come to London to drum up interest for his friend’s archeological excavations. Soon, he finds himself the darling of London society, admired by men, wooed by women.
Fate has not been so kind to Fran. After a disastrous marriage, which has left her with deep emotional and physical scars, she is widowed and now lives in genteel poverty.
By chance, Alex and Fran’s paths cross again. They have both changed so much, and past betrayals and past hurts still divide them. So surely there can be no second chance for their love…
My heart hurt for Fran and all that she has had to go through on her own. Sure, she should have stood up for her own wants when she was younger but she was a dutiful daughter and paid the price for it in the end. She's a very stoic and self-contained woman, who just wants the quiet freedom that widowhood has granted her. But then Alex reappears in her life, changing everything.
Alex was a great hero, and I loved how kuch he still cares for Fran, even though she technically rejected him all those years ago. After all, it made him the man he is now- a wealthy, independent man known as an adventurer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, especially the way it all links in to Allan's Miscellany. It's got a more unusual story line which made it all the more interesting, as well. I'd definitely recommend this if you're looking for something shorter that still delivers a satisfying romantic read.
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
She is currently working on the relaunch of her three older historical romances and is also planning to release two new novels this year.