Just wow! The Theory Of Earls is a passionate, lovingly written romance. The sensual connection between Margaret and Welles was off the charts! The novel took me on a journey full of heartbreak and joy, hatred and yearning, resentment and regret, and eventually to the healing power of forgiveness and unconditional love. The writing was a breathtaking journey through regrets, fears, desire, and elemental attraction surrounded by the power of music.
Margaret Lainscott, a gifted pianist, desperately seeks a pliable, not too intelligent man to wed to escape her awful aunt and her plans to marry her off to an odious man. Anthony, Lord Welles, is co-owner of London’s most notorious club. Anthony is a rake and excels at it. Margaret sets her sights on the kind, if not too bright, friend of Anthony’s to marry. Margaret pleads to Anthony to help her in her cause. However, the sparks between Anthony and Margaret are all-consuming. Unfortunately, due to his past, Anthony made vows to himself that prevent him from claiming Margaret as his own. Can Margaret’s love heal Anthony and erase the hatred he carries in his heart? Or will Anthony’s vendetta destroy his only chance at happiness? Only Anthony can rectify this situation; he must find peace and acceptance in his heart to ever find fulfillment. The couple’s journey is rocky and heart-wrenching at times but culminates in a beautiful love story with an unforgettable happily ever after.
Margaret’s music is an entity that flows intricately and effortlessly throughout the novel. Margaret is intelligent and talented. She has a sweet spirit and a loving heart. His past has twisted Anthony. He struggles to reconcile his past vows made in hatred and loss with the bright, shining opportunity of a future with Margaret. He is eaten up with the guilt of the past. Anthony is damaged, and his humanity shone brightly. Both characters were visceral and vivid.
I must comment on something before discussing the plot. If you would ask me what my favorite book of all time was, I would quickly reply, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. I read it in high school, and I still have the tattered, highlighted paperback. I have two favorite passages in the book, with dog-eared pages and faded ink. Imagine my delight when I recognized a quote from that highlighted passage in Anthony’s dialogue! The author uses the section, “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” It was a beautiful way for Anthony to express his emotions. At the back of the book, the author discusses her reasons for using this quote, even when others have complained it has been misused or overused. I am happy she used it. I feel Anthony had a fraction of Heathcliff’s darkness. The drive to right past wrongs was strong in both characters. Both individuals were shaped by cruelty and tragedy. However, Anthony has the choice of redemption rather than orchestrating the destruction of everyone around him. I felt the quote suited Anthony’s character perfectly and increases my adoration of this novel.
This was the most romantic book I have read in a very long time. The plot was flawless. I could not put this book down, reading late into the night. The pages flew by, and I didn’t want the romance to end! Although a love story at heart, there was a depth to the characters and emotions in this outstanding book. I didn’t want it to end! Sensual, edgy, and exciting, this novel did not disappoint. Take the time to read this series, you will fall in love with the Beautiful Barringtons!
I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted copy of this book through the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.