Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PROPER ROMANCE REVIEW: The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen


Anthony Blake, the Earl of Wilshire, is in love with his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot. But his plans to court her are put on hold when he is forced to resume his role as an undercover spy for the Crown. A secret document listing the names of the entire network of British spies—including his own—has been stolen. To protect Sophia, Anthony cuts off all ties to her and exchanges his life as an honorable earl for the facade of a flirtatious playboy.

Heartbroken and confused, Sophia travels to India, hoping to find healing in one of the most exotic regions of the British Empire. But the exotic land isn't as restful as she had hoped. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a missing sea captain, a possible murder, and a plot that could involve the prince of India. And when Anthony appears at the British Residency, asking questions and keeping his distance from her, she is stunned.

She still loves him, and, in her heart, she knows he loves her too. But how can she rebuild her relationship with him if he won't confide in her? Does she dare offer her heart to him a second time, or will their love be lost under the India sun?


After thoroughly enjoying Allen's My Fair Gentleman I eagerly picked up this sequel about the sister of the previous protagonist.  The book starts with Anthony Blake, whose planning on courting Sophia Elliot has to be put on hold when he receives the news that he needs to become a spy again to retrieve a dangerous revealing document.  Chapter two picks up two years later as Sophia continues to work on putting her feelings for Anthony behind her.  But Sophia and Anthony meet again in India and it's clear from the beginning that their feelings for each other are as strong as ever.  But Anthony's mission is not yet over and as such he can't reveal his reasons for backing off to Sophia.  But Sophia finds herself getting involved in the mystery when a man ends up being attacked with a young boy as the witness.  I enjoyed both the romance and the mystery/action parts of the book.  Both Sophia and Anthony are likable, great characters.  Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance series has become my favorite source for romance because they are clean with great stories and characters.

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