I recieved this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Author: M.C. Frank
Series: Regency Retold, #1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Retellings
Date Published: July 1, 2015
The duke of Ashton sits at the Opera at Vauxhall Gardens, bored out of his mind, and plans murder.
He curses the day that brought the little governess, destitute and sad, at his door eight months ago, to upset his careless if a bit meaningless existence.
How could he have guessed the terrible, evil secrets she was hiding? And now that he knows all, the truth appears wilder, even more despicable than even he could have imagined. He hadn’t counted on losing his heart to her, of course, but he did.
What he doesn’t know is that a tendril of the shadows of madness and sin that followed Beatrice to his door is still out there, looking for something to devour.
The only one who can save him from the darkness is the girl herself, but he knows he’ll never see her again. He who once prided himself on his indifference to other human beings, feels his chest constrict with pain every time he even thinks of her.
Beatrice, smart, gentle, kind-hearted, lovely.
A perfect blend of darkness and light, this Regency reverse retelling of Jane Eyre will break your heart as well as uplift it.
I really enjoyed reading this. I would have loved to read it in a few days, but some things came up and it took me a few weeks to read it. In a way, I am happy about this because it gave me the ability to really think about the plot and the characters. That actually made it so much easier to write this review.
First, I want to mention the way that Ruined was written. It's a little hard to explain, but the writing really set the tone for the entire book. The writing style was fantastic. It really took you back into the time period and it was awesome!
I also loved the complexity of the characters. If you know anything about me, you know that one of my favorite things is backstories with characters. I definitely got this in Ruined, which put this book over the top for me.
by L.J. Smith
Goodreads 2017: 81/100