Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Indebted Earl (Serendipity & Secrets #3) by Erica Vetsch [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: As a conclusion to the triology, Serenity and Secrets by Erica Vetsch, The Indebted Earl was a joy to read. The characters are well-drawn, the scenes verbally constructed to settle one's mind in place, and the emotional draw warm, or fierce, or sad, or happy. The reader can entrench their mind firmly in place for total enjoyment.

As Charles returns from naval warfare and gross injuries, he has to heal as does his friend's fiance to whom to delivers a letter and chest of items from her deceased fiance. Charles discovers he has now inherited a title, Earl, with property and land-locked responsibilities all of which he does not want as his heart has been captured by the sea.

Sophia and the older lady that is her fiance's mother find themselves cast away from their property by a head-strong inheritor (not Charles). No home. No funds. Nothing.

And the story begins. A gentle romance as Charles and Sophia are drawn to each other. A kindness beyond measure. A marriage of convenience. And in the mix there are 3 orphaned girls to win the reader's heart as well as the sweet older lady.

A charming read and terrific conclusion to the series.

About the book: Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more? 

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

About the Author: Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota. Learn more about Erica at or find her on Facebook.

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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing The Indebted Earl! <3

  2. Thanks so much for the giveaway and a chance to win (:


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