Anthony Blake 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 façade 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? Goodreads Synopsis
This is the second proper romance title I have read. I read The Vicar’s Daughter last year and absolutely loved it. When Shadow Mountain Publishing asked if I would like to be part of the blog tour for a new proper romance title, I didn’t hesitate to say absolutely!
The proper romance series combines historical fiction and romance, without the graphic writing that some books have. The books are written by different authors and all published by Shadow Mountain Publishing.
The Secret of the India Orchid has a little bit of everything: romance, spies, mystery even murder!
I will say, the beginning of this one started a little slow for me. Mostly because it was setting up the storyline of the military and why the mission was happening. That’s not really my thing. However, once all of that was set up, the book was captivating and I wanted to keep reading.
I would recommend The Secret of the India Orchid to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction read.
Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending a copy for me to review as part of the blog tour.