Review: A Deal with the Earl
Updated: Mar 2
Title: A Deal with the Earl
Series: Necessary Arrangements #1
Author: Sadie Bosque
Date Published: February 10th, 2021
Genre: Historical Romance
Lady Julia has dreamed of marrying her childhood sweetheart since she was four years old. But her father has other plans, he wants her to marry an earl. When she is forced into an unwanted betrothal, Julie needs to make a choice: ruin her honor, but wait for her true love or make a deal with the forbidding earl. Robert, the earl of Clydesdale, has sworn off love and a marriage of convenience is more to his liking. So he wasn’t about to turn away a beautiful young lady’s plea for help in exchange for her hand in marriage. But once he spends more time with his betrothed, his icy heart begins to melt. Only his betrothed is in love with another. Now Robert has a choice, either lock his heart away and live in misery, or take a risk and fight for the woman he loves.
Firstly, thank you to the author for giving me an ARC e-book copy in exchange for an honest review.
The story follows the journey of Julia and Robert, two people that are forced together and are both still affected by their pasts. Will they be able to truly come together, or will their pasts always get in the way?
I absolutely adored this story and devoured it in one day! I loved so much about this book, the characters were very well crafted, the plot was interesting, and the addition of Mary and the asylum plotline was wonderful. I loved the themes explored throughout the story and the historical aspect was excellently done. The time period felt very tangible and yet the author found the perfect balance of describing the period but not overdoing it. I have found some historical fiction is sometimes too focused on really pushing the historical aspect, but Bosque wrote it beautifully and this certainly wasn’t the case in this book, the story was so smooth, and it flowed perfectly.
I was thoroughly invested in both characters and was gripped the whole way through. Julia was a strong, determined women with a great deal of opinions – which I loved. Seeing how she fit (or didn’t fit) into society was interesting and I felt that her reactions to everything were very realistic and relatable. Julia’s relationship with her sister, Mary, was so heart-warming and the themes explored through Mary were so well done. I loved the dynamic Mary added to the story and to the relationship between Julia and Robert.
Robert was an interesting character as well; he has been scorned before and still holds a lot of hurt from that experience. I loved getting to see his perspective on their situations, and I thought he was written very well, and he had a lot of depth to him. All of the insecurities both characters had led to a lot of miscommunication which was frustrating but in a good way – the angst was wonderfully done and had me speeding through it as I was so invested!
Having read the authors novella prequel, I loved that she gave us an insight into what became of those characters and the family and legacy they developed. This was a wonderful extra and I was so happy the author added this. Reading the novella is not at all needed to read this book, (they are separate stories) but I did really appreciate the reference to these characters.
Overall, the book has great pacing, a beautifully crafted historical setting, well rounded and interesting characters as well as a delightful story! I loved reading it and was delighted by have captivated I was - historical romance isn’t a regular genre for me but I devoured this one! I cannot wait to read more from this author, would highly recommend for anyone looking for a good, well written and layered historical romance.
Rating: 4.5 Stars