Thursday, June 2, 2011
Honor Bound by C.J. Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Forced by circumstance to abandon her absentee husband, six years ago Isabel fled to London. In London, she reclaimed her maiden name and established a new life for herself as an apothecary’s assistant.
When he entered Shawe’s Apothecary, Nicolas Merritt never expected to find his estranged wife in charge. On a clandestine mission to uncover the identity of the person responsible for the failed attempt to poison the Queen, he is investigating the personnel at Shawe’s Apothecary as the owner tops a short list of suspects.
Tentatively, Nick and Isabel attempt to reconcile but then Lady Merritt arrives in London. Isabel becomes trapped in a situation all too familiar as Nick’s mother resorts to desperate measures to rid the family, once and for all, of the undesirable and dangerous upstart. As secrets are revealed, tension mounts, and the quiet life Isabel has carved for herself erupts into a cacophony of maliciousness.
Isabel personifies nearly everything I like in a heroine. She is kind, strong, and loyal, and she also strives to make the best choices given the available options. This story was quick to grab my interest, and I remained enraptured as it unfolded page after page. I thought it was uncommonly well conceived and beautifully constructed. Nick is an outstanding love match for Isabel. Lady Merritt is wonderfully easy to hate, but her motives are well-suited to her cold and aloof personality. There are quite a few other secondary characters, also, and all of them seem wonderfully portrayed with plausible motives and faults. In short, I love this story and look forward to the next book in the series.
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