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Reviewed by Sashon Davis for Readers' Favorite
Forced to sail in the opposite direction by the war, the Duke of Stoughton faces his most neglected duty yet - his plantation. In A Maiden's Dilemma: Book 3 - The Woman from Eden series by Josanna Thompson, Richard Stoughton finds himself traveling to St. Kitts on the orders of his king. It is here that he faces the reality of his inheritance - the slaves that came with the success of his plantation. It is here that he reacquaints himself with the newest member of the town: Sarah Shelby, the South Seas Maiden. The pair finds themselves working tirelessly to better the lives of the slaves, not only on the plantation but also on the island. Both married, Sarah keeps her commitment to her husband - to remain faithful to him until death - and Richard, although unhappy, promises the same. As time goes on, the struggle to keep these two apart becomes painfully obvious. Will the Duke and Sarah give in to their feelings or will each remain faithful to their significant others?
With the rise in popularity of period pieces, A Maiden's Dilemma fits right in with what historical romance fans are looking for. Josanna Thompson makes a point of keeping the language colloquial and appropriate to the period, but also relevant in 2022. A Maiden’s Dilemma quickly entices us with the fast-developing love story between Richard and Sarah. The pair fights relentlessly to preserve their friendship despite their painfully obvious feelings toward one another. We see our main characters come to challenge the notions of normality in their desire to free the island from slavery and, in doing so, are seen to have made enemies along the way who are bent on taking revenge. The author effortlessly takes the reader through the emotions of being in love yet having to restrict oneself, feeling hate toward the slave owners, and yet compassion at the same time for having the willingness to change. Josanna Thompson has me looking forward to following the development of our characters once Sarah plants her feet back in London!