What I enjoyed most about The Baron’s Brother were its grit and honesty. This novel covers various issues, from women’s deplorable lack of choices to how secrets can burden our souls. Miss Elizabeth Crawford finds herself betrothed to a stranger orchestrated through a cold business transaction between her father and the groom’s brother. Elizabeth is treated no better than livestock, being bought and sold, even being dictated to by her future husband. Caleb Beaumont is running from his past and has decided he needs a wife solely to run the house and provide children. Both Caleb and Elizabeth carry heart-wrenching secrets that eat at them and that they refuse to share. I liked how Caleb and Elizabeth were at an impasse concerning love. Elizabeth believed only love could heal her, and Caleb had been hurt and vowed never to love again.
This is an intricate, exciting plot that focuses on a couple who are both broken and scarred. These character’s imperfections and flaws made them relatable and believable. I did find some of the secondary characters harsh and unbending, but they served their purpose. The secrets and resolutions are kept until the last fourth of the book, keeping the reader invested. It takes time for the bond between the couple to solidify; this time of uncertainty gave an organic feel to the story.
This novel is the sixth book in the Defiant Brides series. Caleb and Elizabeth’s story is tragic and haunting yet ends in healing and love. By the end of the novel, I felt the couple was perfect for each other. The book focuses on the issues frequently yet still manages to be sweetly romantic at quiet times. This was a different, refreshing read. I enjoyed going on this reading journey.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: September 28, 2021