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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Raised by just her father and brother, Lucy Goodwin grew up to be an independent spirit with little regard for some of the etiquette society expected of a young lady. But nothing in life had prepared her for the responsibilities she was now facing. Barely recovered from the pain of her father's death, Lucy's world is once again ripped apart when her brother suffers a near fatal accident, leaving her no choice but to take charge. With her brother bedridden, she has to manage all their affairs including their family business, putting their reputation and livelihood in her hands. Running the family business would especially be challenging since not many of their business partners would want to deal with a woman. She soon finds herself thrown into the deep end in sensitive and unclear business transactions her now unconscious brother had set in motion; one with the sleazy Lord Perdon and another with the alluring Marquess of Chalifour. Between keeping the secret of her brother's condition and holding things together, she is in way over her head. The more she tries to find solutions, the deeper she digs herself into a hole of deception and chaos. Should she come clean and risk losing everything or should she go through with her plans anyway, integrity be damned?
Surrender of Trust (Surrender Series Book 1) by Mariel Grey is an absolute masterpiece of a story that sets the standards in what is no doubt going to be a winning Historical Romance series. The language, style, and setting give the story an authenticity in the intended era, combining vibrant and engaging characters and accurate yet effortless depictions of the ways and values of the time to carry your mind back to early 18th century England in this thrilling tale of chaos, deception, and romance. The descriptive writing style and character development are simply ingenious. From the very start, I knew I was in for a historical romance treat and Mariel Grey did not disappoint. Surrender of Trust is by far one of the best novels I have read in the genre.