The Innkeeper's Daughter
BY BIANC M. SCHWARZ
Well-researched, gritty but still romantic, THE INNKEEPER’S DAUGHTER is the first in a darkly entertaining historical romance mystery series set in Regency London, complete with a beautiful girl in peril, a flawed gentleman spy, a nasty pimp, and a sinister hell-fire club with deadly secrets.
A Beautiful Woman in Peril. A Sinister, Treasonous Club. A charming Gentleman Spa. Romance, Mystery & Intrigue in Regency England.
In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry March, a man of wealth and charm — and a secret agent for the Crown — comes across a badly beaten Eliza Broad, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Knowing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home to recover, and introduces her to a world of culture, art, and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza's brutal world follows her to London, where elite aristocratic salons coexist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld.
As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark, sadistic world of sex trafficking, and allows Henry to finally identify a traitor responsible for selling military secrets and causing the death of thousands.
A natural at the spy game, Eliza proves herself a worthy partner in the fight for truth and justice. But with time running out, and the fate of one girl hanging in the balance, Henry and Eliza must find a way to outwit a nasty pimp and eliminate a dangerous enemy agent.
Look for the second book in the The Gentleman Spy Mysteries series, The Gentleman's Daughter.
Historical Fiction | Mystery & Thrillers | Romance - Book 1 of 2: The Gentleman Spy
Publication Date: 12 Jan 2021
Praise for The Innkeeper's Daughter:
"A gritty, steamy series opener full of dark twists and hot trysts." – Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author
"An immersive and suspenseful Regency romance" – Publishers Weekly
*One of the most requested romance books on NetGalley*
I'm the type of reader who shamefully loves picking novels by their covers, and this one caught me. I didn't expect to read what I did with a cover like this.
This book is a whole trigger warning and graphic about things that most people will not talk about, like rape. Normally I wouldn't push through a book with this type of storyline, but it's a historical mystery romance; it couldn't be that much, right? It wasn't; I would put it in the same category as Outlander in terms of triggering events. A romance with a dark twist with history sprinkled in. This book was not what I would expect and made me put the book down in disgust a couple of times. The writing was immeasurable enough to shake me; I haven't felt like that since I read Handmaid's tale, to feel sick with reading physically.
This won't be the story for everyone. Eliza is sold to a man after her mother dies, but her stepfather is still alive; why did he sell her? After she escapes, she meets Henry; the story continues with the following in love and more twists and turns on how they put themselves in danger while trying to catch De Sade Anglais. This story makes you question what you would do if you were in Eliza's situation and made me have some uncomfortable conversations with my family and friends about how realistic this story could actually be.
I was provided this book for my honest review.
Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for the advance reader copy.
Eliza is sold off to a man named Wilkins by her stepfather after her mother dies. Eliza, of course, fights back and almost gets beaten to death. She escapes and is found by Sir Henry, a man of wealth and a secret agent for the crown. Eliza recovers with Henry and is introduced to the high life of art and culture. During the healing process, their friendship becomes more, and Elisa starts to become the person she should be. Unfortunately, Wilkins follows them to London. Wilkins is a pimp who wants to enslave her into a sex trafficking scene. With the help of Henry, Eliza is a natural spy and fights for what is right, helping stop the deaths of thousands. The romance is SPICYYYYY.
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BIANCA M. SCHWARZ
Bianca M Schwarz is the author of THE INNKEEPER'S DAUGHTER and THE GENTLEMAN'S DAUGHTER. She was born in Germany, spent her formative years in London, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and teenage son. Ms Schwarz has been telling stories all her life and holds a degree in English literature, but didn't hit her stride until she started writing books she would want to read for fun. THE MEMORY OF HER is the third book in THE GENTLEMAN SPY SERIES.
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"The Innkeeper’s Daughter is a sumptuous, sensual Regency romance that teases the senses and recalls the golden age of romance novels." —Clare Foster, Foreword Reviews
"From the brutal opening pages, to the tenderest of love scenes, the Innkeeper's Daughter took me on a ride of contradictory emotions. Sadistic villains paired with beautiful regency details made this story unforgettable, but it is truly the characters who steal the show. Eliza is a delight, Sir Henry March has my heart, and our author, Bianca M. Schwarz, has me eagerly awaiting the next book.” —Amanda Linsmeier, Author & Poet
“Historically well researched with enthralling characters and excellent storytelling. Absolutely wonderful.” —C.H. Armstrong, Author of The Edge of Nowhere
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