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Publisher's Note:

Lady Cora Winfield's life has always gone according to plan--her mother's plan. That's why Cora is so fascinated when she meets the dark Duke of Blackdale. Knowing his dangerous reputation, Cora's mother flatly forbids the match, and the duke decides to take matters into his own hands. Kidnapped and facing a scandal, Lady Cora must now decide whether love will be her downfall or the beginning of a new plan, one she never dreamed possible. Set in the stormy summer of 1816, this Regency romance is a retelling of the myth of Hades and Persephone.…

The Darkest Summer

by Rebecca J. Greenwood

Overall Book Review:

The Darkest Summer is another superb novel from Cedar Fort’s Pure Romance line. Penned by Rebecca J. Greenwood, the story has a fascinating premise. Set in the Regency period, with a plot based on Greek mythology, Greenwood crafts a well-developed storyline that is both plausible and entertaining. Lady Cora will win the hearts of readers while the aptly named Duke of Blackdale creates intrigue and allure. The book also includes an additional love story, which is an added bonus for romance fans. Greenwood’s characters have detailed back stories, which unfold slowly and heighten interest in the outcomes of the drama. The Darkest Summer has a great combination of romance, action, and bits of hilarity to balance out the more serious scenes. Pick up a copy of this fast-paced and fun novel today!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sweetwater Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 mild obscenity;2 derogatory names.

Violence/Gore:  Several secondhand reports or recollections of violence including dreams of battle and spy work in the war, a character remembers being physically thrown and strangled as a child, by an adult; a character recalls his war injuries; a carriage accident, near-drowning and fall produce non-life-threatening injuries; in a scene of violence, a character is kidnapped and bound. 

Sex/Nudity:  Multiple incidents of kissing and hand-holding; a few sexual references including attempting to put a lady in a “comprising situation” and attempted to abduct a maid to “have his way with her”; several implied or reported incidents of sexual activity including extramarital affairs and keeping mistresses. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Kidnapping, death of family members, war, post-traumatic stress from battle, recollections of child abuse and domestic abuse, robbery, philandering, spies, illegitimate children. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A brief scene takes place in a tavern; a character is drunken to a stupor; characters drink wine and beer in a few scenes. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.