Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dangerous to Know by Megan Whitson Lee [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: Few readers of classic romantic era poetry such as that of Lord Byron know much at all about the lives of the poets and what shaped the poets to become the gifted individuals that brought enduring poetry forth. Such is the case of Lord Byron who wrote such classics as "She Walks in Beauty."

Megan Whitson Lee pursued writing this novel for a couple of decades finally bring forth a work of fiction based on Lord Byron. Her protagonist is Lord Gregory Bromby and he is undoubtedly the most villainous man I have ever "met" though surely there are others. His mind and spirit are dark, mean, uncaring, violent and yet he pursues the lovely Isabella for two main reasons.

He needs to redeem himself in the eyes of society and he needs to marry someone who has money so he can settle his debts. 

This is a book with a strong Christian message warning against marriage to someone who doesn't share your faith or who doesn't believe in God. There is danger in that union. It is also a story of darkness, devious living, and desperation. One can conclude that Lord Bromby was mentally unstable and his behavior certainly attests to that. The author has painted a word picture of an ill conceived marriage, and violent relationship, and a turbulent clashing of personalities. 

This is a well written book and I found myself researching Lord Byron to see how much might be fiction and how much was the reality of the man. Interesting. Frightening. Revealing. A good read.

About the book: (author's version of Lord Byron's story)

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions, and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

About the author: Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions. Author's Website:

Watch for Chat With Vera's review on July 15!

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  1. I am most familiar with his poem: She Walks in Beauty.

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  2. The most loved poem of mine is She Walks in Beauty.

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    1. I was familiar with that poem even before I knew anything about him. I think "She Walks in Beauty" is accessible to a wide audience.

  3. O.k. readers - in case you've forgotten your high school English poets....
    She Walks in Beauty
    George Gordon Byron, 1788 - 1824

    She walks in beauty, like the night
    Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
    And all that’s best of dark and bright
    Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
    Thus mellowed to that tender light
    Which heaven to gaudy day denies.


    One shade the more, one ray the less,
    Had half impaired the nameless grace
    Which waves in every raven tress,
    Or softly lightens o’er her face;
    Where thoughts serenely sweet express
    How pure, how dear their dwelling place.


    And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
    So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
    The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
    But tell of days in goodness spent,
    A mind at peace with all below,
    A heart whose love is innocent!

    1. Yes, it's a beautiful poem. Thanks for posting it here!

  4. Lord Bryon had quite the reputation with notable poems such as Don Juan. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

    1. Don Juan is an interesting poem because Lord Byron tried to depict the character as a man who was easily lured in by women, rather than the reverse.

  5. I love the time era of the book! Sounds like it will be an awesome read! Thanks for the opportunity. Tracey

    1. Regency is probably my favorite era too, Tracey.

  6. I had to read his Oriental Tales in my college lit class and then write a mid-term report. It was very difficult to say the least.

    1. College lit classes either make you love poetry or hate it. I think it all depends on the professor. ;)

  7. The book that he's famous for writing is Don Juan

    1. The poem that really set his career in motion was Childe Harold in 1812. After the release of that poem, Byron wrote, "I woke to find myself famous."

  8. I'm most familiar with Don Juan.

  9. I remember Don Juan from my college classes.


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