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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
The Parfit Knight, Book One of the Rockliffe Series by Stella Riley, is a historical romance set in Georgian England. Meet Dominic “Nick” Ballantyne, the Marquis of Amberley. At thirty-four, he’s a wealthy, worldly, and athletic nobleman just as comfortable dancing with Madame Du Barry at Versailles as gambling at White’s or driving his own carriage across the English countryside. What Nick didn’t expect to be comfortable with was falling in love with Rosalind, a twenty-two-year-old woman who lives a secluded life far from the worldly enticements of London or Paris. As fate would have it, a wounded driver and a winter storm bring him to Rosalind’s door. But fate wasn’t through with Nick just yet, for he soon realized that he and Rosalind had crossed paths before in a tragic accident that left her blind.
In The Parfit Knight, Riley touches on themes of love, guilt, jealousy, and most of all, blindness. In the eyes of society, Rosalind’s blindness renders her flawed, despite her wealth and beauty. Her well-meaning family and devoted servants keep her out of sight. Nick, on the other hand, is blind to Rosalind’s visual impairment. He sees only her beauty, both inside and out. Others are blind to Nick’s goodness, while Rosalind sees it clearly. This engaging tale of true love in search of the truth is told in a flowing, richly descriptive, and emotionally evocative narrative. Riley is an expert at bringing out the deepest emotions of her protagonists. An entertaining and satisfying read. Highly recommended.