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Well-researched, gritty and terribly 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. In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, co Well-researched, gritty and terribly 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. In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza's brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld. Thankfully, Henry, a secret agent to the crown, is able and willing to deal with the man Eliza's stepfather had sold her to, and the pimp who plans to enslave her. As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark sadistic world of sex trafficking, and finally allows Henry to identify the traitor responsible for selling military secrets to the French, causing the death of thousands. A natural at the spy game, Eliza proves herself a worthy partner in their 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.


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Well-researched, gritty and terribly 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. In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, co Well-researched, gritty and terribly 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. In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza's brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld. Thankfully, Henry, a secret agent to the crown, is able and willing to deal with the man Eliza's stepfather had sold her to, and the pimp who plans to enslave her. As romance blossoms between them, Eliza unearths an old secret that leads them into the dark sadistic world of sex trafficking, and finally allows Henry to identify the traitor responsible for selling military secrets to the French, causing the death of thousands. A natural at the spy game, Eliza proves herself a worthy partner in their 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.

30 review for The Innkeeper's Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Welcome to the world of espionage, dark sadistic world of sex traffickers,pimps,traitors at early 19th century of London. Historical fiction- mystery- espionage-suspense and romance genres adroitly blended. The characters are strong, layered, well-built. The action parts are breathtaking. It started like a abuse/ romance story but a few chapters later you realize there are so intense and complex plot lines harmonized in the book and you enjoy each of them with lots of well-balanced, meticulously Welcome to the world of espionage, dark sadistic world of sex traffickers,pimps,traitors at early 19th century of London. Historical fiction- mystery- espionage-suspense and romance genres adroitly blended. The characters are strong, layered, well-built. The action parts are breathtaking. It started like a abuse/ romance story but a few chapters later you realize there are so intense and complex plot lines harmonized in the book and you enjoy each of them with lots of well-balanced, meticulously crafted supporting characters. It starts with Eliza’s heartbreaking story. The young woman has been sold to a vicious man named Wilkins by her stepfather. She fights back but is beaten to death, finding a way to escape. Thankfully her passed out, traumatized body is spotted in the middle of the street by Sir Henry, powerful, wealthy, sophisticated man who urgently takes her to his home and gives her security to heal properly with the help of loyal caretaker Mrs. Tibit. Throughout her healing process, Eliza and Henry’s friendship slowly blossoms and we start to become witness the changing of Eliza who was a naive, abused, neglected girl who hasn’t read anything instead of bible. She slowly gathers her courage and power, learning more about books, art, broadening her vision. But her dirty scumbag stepfather, Wilkins who has paid for her and the pimp who wants to enslave her are adamant to drag her back to the disgusted dark sex trafficking system. Thankfully Henry is not only wealthy and charming man who attracts attention of lovely elite ladies. He has also secret identity, working as an agent to the crown which also give him enough authority to defeat those scumbags coming after Eliza. As their friendship turns into a devoted love, Eliza’s unearthing a crucial secret drag them into sex trafficking world one time and they find the identity of a dangerous traitor who sold the kingdom’s secrets to France. From now on Eliza and Henry not only friends and lovers, they are also partners to bring the justice together. It was entertaining, heart pounding, well written, remarkable novel with great characters, rich plot line and satisfying conclusion. I’m giving my four shiny, mysterious, clever, romantic, enjoyable stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Central Avenue Publishing for sharing this incredible Arc with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza desperate to escape her cruel step-father. Realising she had nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. As she recovers, Sir Henry introduces her to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza's brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alley's of the criminal underworld. TRIGGER WARNING; The In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza desperate to escape her cruel step-father. Realising she had nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. As she recovers, Sir Henry introduces her to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza's brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alley's of the criminal underworld. TRIGGER WARNING; There is sexual violence and rape. The villian in this book is a man they call De Sade Anglais. De Sade had been a french soldier aand writer whose descriptions of sexual perversion gave rise to the term 'sadism'. we follow he story of Eliza and Sir Henry who had rescued her. The story is not what i expected it to be. sir Henry is a spy and together they unmask the criminals and save women from this terrible fate. This is an intriguing story but it is brutal in places. There is a lot of characters and the pace is slow to begin with. Eliza turns out to be an equal match for Sir Henry in bith their work and love life. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #CentralAvenuePublishing and the author #BiancaMSchwarz for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. * I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It could both have been worse and better. Alright, hear me out, I do enjoy my fair share of sexy romance, when it's well written. The romance in this book, however, felt like its exact weakest point. The book is set in the 19th century and it starts with introducing us to Eliza, a common girl around the age of 18 or 19, with an abusive step-father. After the step-father in question Also available on the WondrousBooks blog. * I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It could both have been worse and better. Alright, hear me out, I do enjoy my fair share of sexy romance, when it's well written. The romance in this book, however, felt like its exact weakest point. The book is set in the 19th century and it starts with introducing us to Eliza, a common girl around the age of 18 or 19, with an abusive step-father. After the step-father in question beats her up and locks her in the cellar, she manages to escape through the coal chute and gets rescued, by chance, by the rich and handsome Sir Henry March. At this point, in my head I already had this in mind (I do know that in the movie they are related and that MBB is 16): He is older, very handsome, educated, charming and eloquent. Also, Henry. She is beautiful, young, kind and feisty. (There is a character called Millie, but it's not the main one.) And of course, of course, it's insta-love. I mean, technically, a few weeks pass from the moment he rescues her to the moment they start flirting, but we only read of the time passing, and it's all pretty obvious right from the start. I believe there was maybe half a page at the very beginning where I thought he will be just her savior or more of a mentor and not her lover, but from then on it's exasperatingly cliched. He thinks she's a fast learner so he's impressed. She thinks he's kind for saving her, so she gets all googly-eyed.  You know the drill. If there had been a bit more suspense and "Will they/won't they" kind of thing, I would have enjoyed the whole affair a whole lot more. Note: What made it all worse was the modern-day pillow-talk which felt extremely out of place around Victorian England. Like, "Good morning, sleepyhead." Yickes. But don't get me wrong, there were other parts of the book that I did enjoy! Like, all the parts where the romance between Henry and Eliza was not happening. The detective work, the sex trafficking ring investigation, all that was quite interesting and kept me hooked. I also enjoyed following all the separate pieces in the grand scheme of the events coming together, not least of all those which I expected might get forgotten in the commotion. There's going to be a second book: Would I read it? Yes. Would I roll my eyes at similar over-the-top romance? Probably. 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    This is a wonderful historical romance with the added twist of some espionage. The romance was steamy, the characters were well developed, and the plot kept my interested throughout. The only that slightly bothered me was I hate it when authors write in the accents because it gives me a headache! Overall, a vey good read and I recommend! Thank you to Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing for allowing me to read this arc in exchange of an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sibil

    Thanks to NetGalley and to the Editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars I am sorry, but I need to vent. At least a bit. But mind me, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t so bad, and I liked Henry and Eliza. They are such a nice pair! And Henry is a hell of a character. He is one of the most caring and attentive and thoughtful men ever! It was a nice change, and I enjoyed it a lot. But to truly enjoy this book you need to suspend your disbelief. Quite a lot. We hav Thanks to NetGalley and to the Editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 stars I am sorry, but I need to vent. At least a bit. But mind me, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t so bad, and I liked Henry and Eliza. They are such a nice pair! And Henry is a hell of a character. He is one of the most caring and attentive and thoughtful men ever! It was a nice change, and I enjoyed it a lot. But to truly enjoy this book you need to suspend your disbelief. Quite a lot. We have Eliza, our MC, and damsel in distress. She is not a noblewoman, she was raised in an inn and till her father was alive, the inn was quite a respectable place to grow up in, but once her father died and her stepfather stepped in, all went to hell. Quite literally. So she is not the pure dove, completely naive and unknown of the ways of the world. But she is quite sheltered, in some ways, and not yet shrewd (if I can say so) and yet… Yet in her relationship with Henry, there are quite some… Strange things, things that sound a bit not quite right. For example, she is talking with Sir Henry (who, don’t forget it, is a man of a higher station. He is a nobleman) and she said something on the line of “I want that bastard to pay”. This is not a literal quote, it is just the gist of it, but she say “bastard” while speaking with him, without a trace of embarrassment or any trace of apology. And maybe this is a thing that I am misjudging, being English not my first language and being the curses and cussing a very cultural thing. But I think that this wasn’t really the way between a woman of the lower station and a man of the higher one. Even if they are quite informal. And there are a lot of things like that. Mainly, they talk a lot about sex and things related to it without any hint or trace of discomfort or embarrassment. And on one hand, it was even refreshing because we have a scene in which, for example, Eliza and Henry talk about her period. And it was glorious. Really. But this kind of brazenness is, sadly, hard to find even in the present days, let alone in the past. On one hand, as I was saying, it was all enjoyable and a pleasant change of pace, but on the other sometimes it sounded more like sci-fi (or wishful thinking) because really, he was not so credible or realistic. And this was the thing that really bothered me. At the beginning, it was just a really minor thing, but going on with the reading we get more and more of it, and in the end, it buggered me a little. Again, I am not saying that this book is bad. It is not. I enjoyed the time I spent with it, and it has also a very pleasant Christmas vibe to it since this is the period in which the story takes place. And, again, Henry and Eliza are charming and, together, they are sweet! And we have some interesting secondary characters too! Henry’s friends are amazing, but again… They are way too comfortable around women and women matters. Not in the sense that they are libertines (well, they are, but this is not the point) but in the sense that they are way too much modern in their approach to all women things. And if it is hard to find a boy/man so comfortable today, let us imagine how easy could have been to find a bunch of them at that time. But they are rascally good, and I think that we would get more of them in the next books. But here we have another issue of mine. Would I continue this series? Hmmm… Never say never and all that, but probably not. There are a couple of things more that made me pause at the idea of going on with this series. One of them is strictly linked with what I was saying before. Henry and his friends are spies and similar, and they enlist Eliza to help them out, and it was all good and interesting but… But again, it is like all the constriction due to society and to the times simply vanish. There are plenty of books out there that take place in this historical period and who have a female lead who team up with others to spy/fight the evil/etcetera… But usually, they find a way to go around society and what propriety dictates. The rules and the customs are there, and they feel constricted by it. And fight them, to achieve more freedom or equal rights. But in there is like all these barriers are simply not there. Again, it was unrealistic to me. The last thing I have to say is linked with the mystery part of the book. I am not really complaining about it, because it was intriguing and it wasn’t boring, really. The problem here was solely based on personal taste. The point is that we have a lot of erotism, sex, and such linked with the plot and the mystery. It was a tad too much, for me. And it seems like we would follow the same trend in the sequels. I was hoping for more mystery things on this part. But this is really a minor thing, and if this works for you then you would enjoy this one (and probably the sequels) all the more! I was in need to vent a bit because the book was so enjoyable and the characters were pleasant, I really enjoyed the reading. But it could have been way better, in some respects and this is a bit of a shame. But, again, it is a fast and enjoyable book, with good characters, some drama, some fun, and some very hot scenes. And action and mystery too. And the parts are well balanced. Even if there were some things that rubbed me the wrong way, I had a good time with it and I was always interested in what was happening between the pages!

  6. 5 out of 5

    JP

    4.5⭐️ Historical mystery romance at its finest. I was pulled right into this. It had the perfect balance of mystery, suspense and romance. I loved the chemistry between these two. And I was head over heels in love with Henry! He was perfect. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a H be both romantic and so caring. He met her needs so well, and it made me jealous. ((Sigh)) The story was well developed and had great secondary characters. This was a stand-alone but I do know that the author is working on a se 4.5⭐️ Historical mystery romance at its finest. I was pulled right into this. It had the perfect balance of mystery, suspense and romance. I loved the chemistry between these two. And I was head over heels in love with Henry! He was perfect. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a H be both romantic and so caring. He met her needs so well, and it made me jealous. ((Sigh)) The story was well developed and had great secondary characters. This was a stand-alone but I do know that the author is working on a second book. I can’t wait! Side note: My only wish was that Eliza was high born. If you love historical, romancical, mysterious, suspense, then this might be for you. Happy Reading! Thank you Central Avenue Publishing via Netgalley for this ARC. I’ve voluntarily given my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brinley

    This book was super far from what I was expecting, but I loved it all the same! As soon as I saw the cover on Netgalley, I was intrigued. I immediately requested it, and was ecstatic when I got the "request approved" email. I read it in a day, it kept me captivated! The Innkeeper's Daughter follows Eliza, a young woman in Regency London. After her father attempts to sell her, and she refuses, he beats her. Barely escaping with her life, Sir Henry saves her, and takes her into his home. As a conne This book was super far from what I was expecting, but I loved it all the same! As soon as I saw the cover on Netgalley, I was intrigued. I immediately requested it, and was ecstatic when I got the "request approved" email. I read it in a day, it kept me captivated! The Innkeeper's Daughter follows Eliza, a young woman in Regency London. After her father attempts to sell her, and she refuses, he beats her. Barely escaping with her life, Sir Henry saves her, and takes her into his home. As a connection blooms between them, they begin investigating a sex trafficking ring that threatens all of the nearby women. I feel like I need to mention this before I dive into my actual feelings regarding the book. There are tons of potential triggers in this book. Sex trafficking, abuse, rape, and sexual abuse all play large parts in this. They're important topics that need to be discussed, but this book is not for anyone sensitive towards these issues. They play a very large part in the plot, they're not just glancing references. Those exact triggers are why I enjoyed this so much. Not because I enjoy reading about abuse, but because it was completely different from what I normally read. The villains were super easy to determine, and I really grew to hate them. I was rooting for our characters to expose them the entire time, and I loved the way it was dealt with! Although this wasn't necessarily a romance, the romance was one of the strongest parts of it. Henry and ELiza compliment each other so well, and I love how they weren't instantly determined to marry each other. Things are moving at a logical pace, which I really enjoyed. It did feel a bit insta-lovey, but it wasn't over the top, and didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. If you're a fan of romance, historical, or thriller books, this is right down your alley! It caters to almost every genre, with an absolutely magical setting. I really enjoyed this! Thanks to Bianca M. Schwarz and Netgalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    What a magnificent book. Rich in romance and characterization as well as historical detail, it featured a lot of my favourite reading catnip tropes. I look forward to reading more by this new-to-me author featured on instagram.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ColleenIsBooked

    *Thank you to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC. All thoughts are my own* I really wish I would have liked this book more. It sounded so interesting. A historical romantic suspense? Sounds so cool. I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. The story opens on a scene where our heroine is being beaten. It is pretty graphic and I could see it turning off some people at the jump. However, if this scene bothers you, there are more in the rest of the book that are wo *Thank you to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for the eARC. All thoughts are my own* I really wish I would have liked this book more. It sounded so interesting. A historical romantic suspense? Sounds so cool. I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler free as possible. The story opens on a scene where our heroine is being beaten. It is pretty graphic and I could see it turning off some people at the jump. However, if this scene bothers you, there are more in the rest of the book that are worse. Our heroine, Eliza, is found by our Hero, Henry. As expected, they are our romantic couple. This isn’t a spoiler as it is in the synopsis. Their relationship had no push or pull. They got together a third of the way through the book and that’s it. They were just together after that. No angst, no tension. Which would be fine if this wasn’t marketed more as a romance and if the suspense aspects were in the forefront. There is a whole human trafficking ring that is brought up in the beginning, pretty much dropped in the middle for the romance, and then suddenly brought back up near the end to complete the mystery/suspense part of the story. I thought the mystery part was interesting, but could have done with a bit more development. The romance was really lacking for me. There is like a 12 or 13 year age difference between our couple which is not something that normally bothers me EXCEPT she is barely 18 and he’s like 30 and it keeps getting brought up during the book. Soooo kinda grossed me out just a bit. No shame to people who like that sort of thing in books but it just felt a bit yikes to me. Plus there is something with there relationship that really truly pissed me off but I can’t say what it is because it is a spoiler. All I’ll say is check the synopsis for book 2. I really think this book could have done with some additional editing of the story and maybe put the romance in the backseat and bringing the mystery to the forefront. This book could definitely be triggering for some people due to the content. Please be aware of the trigger warnings. CW/TW: physical abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, description of rape off page, sexual sadism (to unwilling participants), pedophilia, murder. I think that’s all but I could have missed some. This is a very dark book in spots. Spoilers below do not read if you don't want to be spoiled, but I want to rant a second about what made me so mad. (view spoiler)[ BASICALLY, Eliza and Henry's relationship means nothing lol. First off, Eliza looks to him like her savior and that she owes him her life or something. Which, considering their age difference, is pretty yikes. At one point after she's recooped a bit from her beating in the beginning, Henry takes her out out the town she gets attacked in the street and drug into an alley. Her attacker gives her two intense purple nurples (essentially). After her nips heal for a day, she decides she wants to give Henry her virginity, which uhhh okay? But what I didn't understand is that he goes for her nips and she...does nothing? No reaction but pleasure. And that didn't make any sense to me. Maybe she wouldn't be traumatized by that, but she literally had no reactions to things that should have gotten a reaction out of her based on what we've both heard her say she's been through and what we've seen her go through. It didn't make any sense to me. Anyway, she realizes they can never marry and basically accepts that she's just going to be a mistress, which...okay? But in the end, after all they've been through and after we've been told they are in love, Eliza has the audacity to just say 'I'll be your mistress until you find your wife you're going to marry' and Henry is like 'yeah, that's pretty dope. We can certainly do that.' I-- what? After this whole book where we are supposed to be rooting for them to get together and stay together, it essentially doesn't even fucking matter because they aren't going to fight to be married or stay together. From what I can tell, Henry finds his wife in the next book. This is literally in the synopsis for the next book. What the FUCK?! And Eliza is gonna do what? Die, leave, fuck off into the stratosphere? No, from what I can tell, she ends up with one of Henry's friends from this book? Make it make sense. I am pretty sure I knw which one too. It's fucked up to promote this as a romance when we barely get a Happy For Now and certainly don't get a Happy Ever After. This whole situation makes this series sound kind of like james Bond, but like a James Bond who aggressively respects women (this is Henry's main selling point as the Hero). I am just so disappointed in this book. The romance was rushed and in the end meant absolutely nothing and took of the middle of the book FOR WHAT? Anyway, rant over. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Barry

    What an adventure. Lots of mystery, cloak and dagger, fast carriages, fights, beautiful costumes and a growing romance. An amazing front cover too. Very eye catching. Includes strong sexual content such as abuse so may not be suitable for some. Eliza is a strong, graceful young woman. Full of bravery and with a sharp mind. Sir Henry is her dashing rescuer, with a strong sense of fairness and a very loyal team by his side. This is a story that follows a predictable pattern but in a comforting way. What an adventure. Lots of mystery, cloak and dagger, fast carriages, fights, beautiful costumes and a growing romance. An amazing front cover too. Very eye catching. Includes strong sexual content such as abuse so may not be suitable for some. Eliza is a strong, graceful young woman. Full of bravery and with a sharp mind. Sir Henry is her dashing rescuer, with a strong sense of fairness and a very loyal team by his side. This is a story that follows a predictable pattern but in a comforting way. You can sit back, relax and enjoy and just really get stuck in and escape for a few hours. You know what you're going to get and I loved it for that. It's the first in a series, so I will definitely be looking out for book number 2.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rady Reads

    What I have to say is quite simple. This book was although on the longer side,  BRILLIANT! Entertaining and tense until the very end. It had me in its grip throughout the whole story. Dark meets light, tender love against people trafficking, including BSDM. The awful laws of England at the beginning of the 19th century versus fighting for justice. I loved both main characters because they just made this story a brilliant one. Political influences and intrigues mixed with espionage and the truth re What I have to say is quite simple. This book was although on the longer side,  BRILLIANT! Entertaining and tense until the very end. It had me in its grip throughout the whole story. Dark meets light, tender love against people trafficking, including BSDM. The awful laws of England at the beginning of the 19th century versus fighting for justice. I loved both main characters because they just made this story a brilliant one. Political influences and intrigues mixed with espionage and the truth revealed at the very end just kept me excited and sitting on pins and needles to finally learn who was pulling the strings all the time and why. And the best? There will be another book in this series. I am truly excited about it because I've wished this book NOT to end at all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Booksandprime

    So this was unexpectedly delightful! I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting from this but the blurb stuck out to me and it was so addicting and good! I can’t wait to read more from this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    zia

    I have not read much historical fiction which makes diving into this story feel like going in blindfolded. There were a lot of heavy topics mentioned in this book; abuse, and sex trafficking. The description of these were gruesome that I found myself putting down the book for a bit in order to process them. I liked how unflinchingly true Schwarz was with writing all these. Enter our main protagonists; Eliza Broad is beaten down, traumatized, and has no place to return to. Then we have the rich, e I have not read much historical fiction which makes diving into this story feel like going in blindfolded. There were a lot of heavy topics mentioned in this book; abuse, and sex trafficking. The description of these were gruesome that I found myself putting down the book for a bit in order to process them. I liked how unflinchingly true Schwarz was with writing all these. Enter our main protagonists; Eliza Broad is beaten down, traumatized, and has no place to return to. Then we have the rich, enigmatic, and sophisticated Sir Henry March who took her in. Their dynamic from being friends to lovers and allies as they become espionage of the crown was fun to read. The way they work together in solving mysteries and diving into the dark sadistic world of 19th London was heart-pounding and kept me on edge. They had their ups and downs but they always come back to each other. Also, I should probably mention the amount of smut in this book because there's a lot. The pacing was good for my liking, so is the character growth of Eliza, but I think I had a problem with some scenes that felt too dragged out. Overall, it was a rollercoaster ride and I'm looking forward to what's in store for the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen (shitbookreviews.com)

    I, Jen, the girl who sniggers at anything remotely sexual has never read a book with sex scenes. I know, I know – I haven’t lived (clearly) but holy shit, I need an adult. Scene setting time: ✨ 19th century London and make it extra sweary ✨ Think spies but none of this James Bond shit ✨ He was a rich boy. She inherited an inn. Can I make it any more obvious? 🎶 Friends. I went into this with high expectations. As someone who chose to review Christopher Brookmyre’s Quite Ugly One Morning in high school I, Jen, the girl who sniggers at anything remotely sexual has never read a book with sex scenes. I know, I know – I haven’t lived (clearly) but holy shit, I need an adult. Scene setting time: ✨ 19th century London and make it extra sweary ✨ Think spies but none of this James Bond shit ✨ He was a rich boy. She inherited an inn. Can I make it any more obvious? 🎶 Friends. I went into this with high expectations. As someone who chose to review Christopher Brookmyre’s Quite Ugly One Morning in high school because its opening word was ‘fuck’, I was DELIGHTED with how everything kicked off. I was hooked, so let me introduce the two main characters. Eliza. An innocent teenager with a heartbreaking story. She’d endured an insane amount of trauma at the hands of her stepfather and was eventually sold to some asshole so he could get his hands on the inn. Yet luck was clearly on her side as she stumbled into the path of Sir Henry March. Hazza swoops up Eliza’s broken body, takes her to his mansion and treats her with basic human rights. Yet our pal Henry ain’t all he seems. This lad has been on the hunt for an illusive shitlord of a human being who preys on women for the business of sex trafficking. And would you look at that? They’re all linked, aren’t they! On top of all that, Henry has a wee twinkle in his eye for Eliza and oh boy do you get to know the ins and out of both their bodies. They. Just. Couldn’t. Stop. Fucking. So yes this all sounds wonderful. I was 100% on board and sped through the first 20% in one sitting. Context – I’m a slow reader and that’s usually a very good sign. But then something happened and I genuinely can’t put my finger on it. This, technically, should have been right up my street but I found myself losing interest just as it was starting to ramp up. Perhaps there were too many bits which just felt unbelievable – I highly doubt someone who works in an inn where people pay for things in sex would be able to keep her innocence so intact that she wouldn’t know what oral sex was 🤷. Or maybe it’s that there was just too much sex? Is that a thing? Some scenes felt longer than anything else and, to be honest, I was way more interested in the espionage going on in the background. But it might have also been the ending. The last chapter held all of the plot and was over by the time I got sucked back in. Perhaps I’m just not cut out for romance books. Would I read the next one? Probably. My attention was drawn back in and there are a good few chunks of unfinished business which I could do with wrapping up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Molly Ringle

    I read this early, as a copyeditor who got to work on it, so I am perhaps biased! But it's also true that I found it exceptionally fun to work on. It's not every editing job that lets me gad about in Regency England, and as an Anglophile (in fact, a whole British-Isles-o-phile), I relished it. Sir Henry is a charming, clever fellow who, thanks to his wealth and connections, gets to lead an unconventional life, and when he takes the poor and abused Eliza under his wing, he makes it possible for he I read this early, as a copyeditor who got to work on it, so I am perhaps biased! But it's also true that I found it exceptionally fun to work on. It's not every editing job that lets me gad about in Regency England, and as an Anglophile (in fact, a whole British-Isles-o-phile), I relished it. Sir Henry is a charming, clever fellow who, thanks to his wealth and connections, gets to lead an unconventional life, and when he takes the poor and abused Eliza under his wing, he makes it possible for her to lead one, too, with as many advantages as he can offer. Their romance is sexy and playful, a learning experience for them both. Meanwhile, Henry is also a spy for the crown, and Eliza turns out to be adept at assisting him in pursuing their villain of the moment: a nasty piece of work who likes to sexually torture and kill young women. Some of my favorite bits were the Regency details: the London streets, the scenery, the customs, the foods, the balls and parties, and the clothes! Oh, the gorgeous clothes. There are more romances and mysteries to come in future books for these lovable characters, and I hope I get early peeks at them all!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I had to bail after second chapter here. Just not my cup of tea.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liza | The Inharmonious Heroine

    My rating: ⭐️⭐️½⭐️ (2.5 stars) “It seems you are forever rescuing me.” Her eyes were full of warmth, and Henry’s smile turned into a grin. “What can I say? You are my favorite damsel in distress.” I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for beautiful book covers. The first thing that drew me to this title was the gorgeous – and I mean gorgeous – cover art. And after reading the synopsis I was even more intrigued! The Innkeeper’s Daughter boasts of having it all – historical romance, suspens My rating: ⭐️⭐️½⭐️ (2.5 stars) “It seems you are forever rescuing me.” Her eyes were full of warmth, and Henry’s smile turned into a grin. “What can I say? You are my favorite damsel in distress.” I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for beautiful book covers. The first thing that drew me to this title was the gorgeous – and I mean gorgeous – cover art. And after reading the synopsis I was even more intrigued! The Innkeeper’s Daughter boasts of having it all – historical romance, suspense, mystery… As a fan of both period romances and mystery/thrillers, you can bet how excited I was to pick this novel up. The mix of genres aside, from what I can see, The Innkeeper’s Daughter is first and foremost advertised as a romance between Eliza, the daughter of a deceased innkeeper on the lam from her abusive fiancé and step-father, and Henry, a known playboy and secret agent of the crown … something I found unfortunate, because the romantic aspects of the plot were my least favorite. 😕 Between the insta-love, the constant reminders of their notable age gap, and the uncomfortable power dynamics – not only was Eliza noticeably less experienced than Henry, but she spent almost the entire narrative feeling indebted to him for saving her life, and, being poor, had only her virginity to give him in thanks (cue: 🙄) – this relationship just didn’t do it for me. When it comes to period romances, I’m typically a little more forgiving than this, but just the combination of all these factors together made this one in particular feel like there was too much to overlook. - 🌹 - Another thing worth mentioning, is that while Eliza is the titular character, the aforementioned innkeeper’s daughter, Henry was the actual main character of the novel. So this story ended up being less about a badass woman teaming up with her man to take down a seedy, unground crime organization (like I had hoped it would be) as it was about a man being a secret agent, teaming up with his war buddies, and bedding his mistress along the way… Eliza’s portrayal throughout this story was probably my biggest let down. The narration kept saying how intelligent she was… but it didn’t really feel that way with her constantly being coddled and rescued. Honestly, the way women were portrayed in this novel in general wasn’t my cup of tea. I just felt like they were too often the victims of sexual violence and… rarely anything else. Overall, I gave this novel two and a half stars, because my previously mentioned complaints aside, the “case” part of the plot itself wasn’t half bad. Full of suspense, it kept me engaged until the very end, and paved the way for a promising premise in the next instalment. Plus, this book had lots of beautiful gown descriptions throughout, which I have to admit I’m biased towards. 🥺 All this begs the question, will I read the sequel? I don’t know. Maybe. But that’s mostly because at my very core I’m a completionist – to my own detriment at times. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Thank you to the publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. All thoughts are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lari

    Since her parent's death, Eliza has had a rather difficult time. Her stepfather is abusive and agreed to forcing her into a marriage with an even more abusive old man. After her stepfather tries to beat her into submission, she runs away and encounters Sir Henry on the street. He saves her life and brings her into his world of espionage and clandestine affairs.I'll start with a trigger warning, this book contains depictions of sex trafficking that could be difficult for some people to read. This Since her parent's death, Eliza has had a rather difficult time. Her stepfather is abusive and agreed to forcing her into a marriage with an even more abusive old man. After her stepfather tries to beat her into submission, she runs away and encounters Sir Henry on the street. He saves her life and brings her into his world of espionage and clandestine affairs.I'll start with a trigger warning, this book contains depictions of sex trafficking that could be difficult for some people to read. This book also has a couple of spicier scenes, but I think they're written without being too overwhelming.When I first started reading, I really was doubting that I would like it. I had a difficult time liking the characters considering the inevitability that I saw in the ending. I just couldn't help not liking them though, there was such a nice mutual respect built from such unlikely and unequal circumstances. I think that regency romances can tend to ignore the harsh realities of the time period in favor of the more fantastical approaches and the desire to display love's ability to conquer anything. Not saying that there are particularly harsh elements of this book or some kind of tragic romance, it just follows the natural progression of what could be expected from a relationship between two individuals of such disparate circumstances. Again though, the respect and consideration that they showed for one another is something very beautiful and unique that you won't see in many books labeled romances. Their relationship is sappy at points and over the top, but they aren't the kind of characters who abandon reality and their responsibilities.Eliza is a strong heroine despite how horribly life has treated her. She rises above her circumstances, she isn't whiny about anything that happens to her, and she's insanely clever. I hope that the next book in the series continues to explore how much of an asset she would be to any kind of espionage, I'll love seeing how these characters all grow and progress from this first novel.I would recommend it for people who like regency romance but want a darker twist. This isn't a fairy tale, it's not a tragedy but it has more of a real life twist to it that really enhances the experience. Special shout out to NetGalley and Central Ave. Publishing for providing me an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review! This review and all my others can be found at: https://aworldshapedbybooks.blogspot....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline MacAllister

    The Innkeepers Daughter - 3.5 Stars 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 Outl The Innkeepers Daughter - 3.5 Stars 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. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this book. WARNING SPOILERS BELOW: 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha- The Paperback Collector

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When Eliza manages to escape her brutal stepfather right before he’s about to sell her to a vicious husband, luck would have it that Sir Henry would be traveling the street where she surfaces. Whisking her away to his kind and cozy home in the heart of London, Eliza is nursed back to health by Henry and his household, her meager background no matter in a new world full of money and means. When th I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When Eliza manages to escape her brutal stepfather right before he’s about to sell her to a vicious husband, luck would have it that Sir Henry would be traveling the street where she surfaces. Whisking her away to his kind and cozy home in the heart of London, Eliza is nursed back to health by Henry and his household, her meager background no matter in a new world full of money and means. When the two grow closer, as well as being thrown into the world of love and seduction, Eliza becomes privy to the reason Henry is a Sir -- he’s a spy for the Crown. She joins her new lover in attempting to thwart a sex trafficking project whose dark deeds have targeted innocent young girls with no way to protect themselves. First off, this book has so much potential. It kills me to see it fail at reaching it so spectacularly. Marketed as a “Gentlemen Spy Mystery”, it reads more as erotica masquerading as historical romance. Considering the ways in which Henry rescues Eliza from a harsh life and teaches her how to masquerade as a lady, this novel could very well be considered My Fair Lady fanfiction -- something I’d be wholly interested in if tackled well. There is no slow burn to this romance. It’s immediate attraction, insta-love at its best, impeding any true bond from becoming evident between the two because they’re too busy enjoying the pleasures of each other’s body. The sex scenes are explicit and constant, definitely not a story I’d recommend for younger readers. There are a multitude of blurred lines: Eliza believes Henry saving her from destitution is a way of him purchasing her body for his own use; when he refutes this, she instead GIFTS him her body as a thank you the very next time she’s able. In another moment, Henry states that the only reason he can’t take Eliza into his arms that very moment is because she was just -- as in minutes ago -- abused by another. In 2020, even in historical fiction, this sentiment in a romance novel is wholly out of place. A plethora of similar questionable moments give the impression that Eliza has no say in the matter while her narrative is attempting to convince us otherwise. It raises all feminist hairs on my neck and makes me question what was the female author’s intended message. The spy aspect of the novel involves male predators and sex trafficking, the consequences of which directly affect a member of Henry’s household. This maid confesses, in extremely unnecessary detail, the experiences she underwent at her abuser’s hand. The lines between employee and employer are entirely blurred, and though we’re told Henry is a good man, he comes off as inappropriate in asking her to confide in him in such a way. This, combined with the 13 year age difference between him and Eliza, make the male romantic lead come off as a predator, despite us being told he is a good man. Despite being the object of the novel’s title, this is more Henry’s story than Eliza’s. She has no explicit purpose despite being his plaything, yet is included in top secret meetings. We are told she’s smart despite much proof. And according to the preview included of book #2, Eliza will not be back for the sequel, despite the true love supposedly present between her and Henry. Instead, she’s paired up with a friend of his, their be-all, end-all romance of this story apparently no more after the book's end. I would have loved more depth in her story -- it could be a very feminist take, about CHOOSING to become a mistress and owning the position with confidence, rather than falling into it by chance and accepting whatever results come. Eliza has no concern for giving up her reputation in exchange for romance; it’s a powerful choice for a woman to make in the 19th century. But her independence ends there. 2 stars for potential. It would have been 1 had I only considered execution. This could have been an awesome historical spy mystery with a side of romance; instead it’s erotica with a side of spy hijinks, and excruciatingly graphic depictions of sexual violence at that. Wholly unnecessary. Sexually explicit and sadistically explicit -- the two don’t belong in the same story. Trigger warning: physical abuse, sex trafficking, attempted sexual assault, implied sexual assault, attempted rape, explicit description of sexual violence. *Special thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for providing an e-arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Celina

    The Innkeeper’s Daughter was a very quick read for me. The book started off with vulgar language and violence, which was hard to read, but I knew this was setting up Eliza’s need to run away and meet Sir Henry, so I continued on. However, the romance didn’t really do it for me. The meeting was great, but it became insta-love as soon as Eliza recovered from her injuries. I would have loved some more “will they, won’t they” or some yearning. Their scenes were definitely cute, but I wasn’t too inve The Innkeeper’s Daughter was a very quick read for me. The book started off with vulgar language and violence, which was hard to read, but I knew this was setting up Eliza’s need to run away and meet Sir Henry, so I continued on. However, the romance didn’t really do it for me. The meeting was great, but it became insta-love as soon as Eliza recovered from her injuries. I would have loved some more “will they, won’t they” or some yearning. Their scenes were definitely cute, but I wasn’t too invested. What I really enjoyed was the mystery aspect and the mission within the story. Henry is a spy who is trying to take down a sex trafficking ring and Eliza has information which can help him. I flew through the pages. I did get quite invested by the end, so I will most likely pick up the sequel. Please check trigger warnings before reading. I went in blind and was pretty shocked. This was an advanced copy, so I couldn’t have known. I believe you will enjoy this if you are able to handle these topics. Thank you Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing for the arc! This title was released January 12, 2021. Review goes live on blog and social media by 8am PST on 1/21/21. Will update with links.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda McCutcheon

    "...what's scandalous is that I'm your mistress, but I find I'm quite unconcerned about scandal." Such are the surprising reveals throughout this very unique historical fiction romance. The Innkeeper's Daughter by Bianca M. Schwarz is a novel that went places I never expected but definitely kept me reading all night long. From the very first page I was taken aback by the vein of this book's plot. Eliza is barely 18 in 19th century England and literally fighting for her life. Her evil stepfather ha "...what's scandalous is that I'm your mistress, but I find I'm quite unconcerned about scandal." Such are the surprising reveals throughout this very unique historical fiction romance. The Innkeeper's Daughter by Bianca M. Schwarz is a novel that went places I never expected but definitely kept me reading all night long. From the very first page I was taken aback by the vein of this book's plot. Eliza is barely 18 in 19th century England and literally fighting for her life. Her evil stepfather has sold her to a very sadistic sexual predator and as she tries to escape she is beaten and left for dead. Sir Henry finds Eliza and gives her safe refuge at his home. Eliza starts to heal from the abuse she has suffered while Henry deals with his own secrets and painful past. As their relationship blossoms her nefarious stepfather and cohorts learn she is alive and they plan to get her back for their sex trafficking ring. Lucky for her Henry is a spy for the crown and has been after these villains for awhile. Obviously, the subject matter of this story is intense and can be triggering so be forewarned. I appreciated the author's intentions of detailing the abuse women have endured for centuries and Eliza's emotional strength to bring down these criminals. I was confused by her and Henry's relationship which takes a very unexpected turn. This is book one in a series so I am intrigued to see where these two lovers find themselves down the road. The novel is written in such a manner that in between the violence there are sweet passages of romance, friendship and camaraderie. It is almost like reading two different stories at once but both have their merits. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    The Innkeeper's Daughter - Bianca M. Schwarz I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to Central Avenue Publishing and Netgalley In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. The Innkeeper's Daughter - Bianca M. Schwarz I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to Central Avenue Publishing and Netgalley In the twilight of a November evening, Sir Henry, a man of wealth and charm, comes across a badly beaten Eliza, desperate to escape her cruel stepfather. Realizing she has nowhere to go, Sir Henry takes her to his home in Mayfair. There, as she recovers, Henry introduces the lovely Eliza to a world of art and literature she never knew existed. But Eliza's brutal world follows her to London, where the salons of the aristocratic elite co-exist with the back alleys of the criminal underworld. Thankfully, Henry, a secret agent to the crown, is able and willing to deal with the man Eliza's stepfather had sold her to, and the pimp who plans to enslave her. I struggled to read this book, in the beginning there is a lot of drama which quickly disappears and the book mainly becomes about sex. I found that some of the language that was used in the book made it seem like a modern book, and not a book set in the early 19th century. Rating 3/5 The only reason I have given this book 3 stars, is because the first 20% had me hooked.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The Innkeeper's Daughter's description was quite intriguing and for the most part, the novel did not disappoint. We meet an 18 year old Eliza as she is getting a beating from her stepfather. He has sold her to a pimp. Eliza manages to escape the basement via a coal chute and makes it to the road where she is rescued by Sir Henry. Sir Henry takes her home and has his staff help Eliza mend from her rather serious wounds. As Sir Henry introduces Eliza to a wide world of books and high society, they The Innkeeper's Daughter's description was quite intriguing and for the most part, the novel did not disappoint. We meet an 18 year old Eliza as she is getting a beating from her stepfather. He has sold her to a pimp. Eliza manages to escape the basement via a coal chute and makes it to the road where she is rescued by Sir Henry. Sir Henry takes her home and has his staff help Eliza mend from her rather serious wounds. As Sir Henry introduces Eliza to a wide world of books and high society, they form an attachment. A sweet romance ensues that we know is probably not going to last forever, due to the differences in their social rank. We gradually learn that Sir Henry is a spy and a case unravels that involves both Eliza and Sir Henry. The case kept me guessing until the end. A great deal of suspense was built in the last few chapters. The novel did end with a cliffhanger, so we will need to read the next book to find out if the bad guys really do get caught.

  25. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    I really loved this and it’s not my usual choice of reading, but something drew me in to request this. Historical espionage, suspense & romance aren’t my usual read, but the synopsis just called to me and I was so glad I requested this. . The characters are well constructed and developed, even if their conversations aren’t always something you’d expects to hear from people at this time on history, but I let things like this go as overall, it was really entertaining. The romance is lovely but doe I really loved this and it’s not my usual choice of reading, but something drew me in to request this. Historical espionage, suspense & romance aren’t my usual read, but the synopsis just called to me and I was so glad I requested this. . The characters are well constructed and developed, even if their conversations aren’t always something you’d expects to hear from people at this time on history, but I let things like this go as overall, it was really entertaining. The romance is lovely but doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the story. A great a mix of romance and mystery. A story that can be quite dark and quite descriptive , but you won’t be able to stop reading. Fantastic Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    [Trigger warning at end of review] Luck and fortitude save Eliza Broad’s life when she is found beaten and half dead while on the run from her step-father. The former Innkeeper’s daughter soon finds herself living a life vastly removed from the one she knew. Now under the protection of Sir Henry March, her erstwhile saviour, she is now living in his London townhouse, wearing fancy gowns and attending entertainments as his guest. But all that glitters is not gold! She is not safe, and when Sir Henr [Trigger warning at end of review] Luck and fortitude save Eliza Broad’s life when she is found beaten and half dead while on the run from her step-father. The former Innkeeper’s daughter soon finds herself living a life vastly removed from the one she knew. Now under the protection of Sir Henry March, her erstwhile saviour, she is now living in his London townhouse, wearing fancy gowns and attending entertainments as his guest. But all that glitters is not gold! She is not safe, and when Sir Henry needs to rescue Eliza again, now from one of London infamous pimps, they find themselves embroiled in a scheme much bigger and darker than forced prostitution… Together with some of Sir Henry’s friends and former service men, they start to investigate the dark world of sadistic sex trafficking and espionage! This book really threw me for a loop! Wow- that got dark fast! I hadn’t read the synopsis again before reading this book. I feel like I would have been better prepared for what was to come. Though this story was not your typical glittering historical romance, the characters and the intrigue were very compelling, leaving me up late reading in hopes of reaching their HEA. And loo and behold Sir Henry and Eliza come to terms with their class differences and create an HFN (happy for now) that they can both be content with after risking life and limb to get the bad guy. This was good read that was captivating for both its similarities to a typical historical romance and its differences! I highly recommend this book for the HR fan looking for an edgier read. The Innkeepers Daughter by Bianca M. Schwarz is scheduled to release January 12th, 2021. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Central Avenue Publishing via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Trigger warning: -Family abuse -Brutal beatings and torture to females -Forced prostitution discussed -Sadistic rape/ torture Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #TheInnkeepersDaughter #BiancaMSchwarz #NetGalley #pinkcowlandreads

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    *special thanks to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review! 3.5 stars Very steamy and pretty dark! This starts out pretty brutal. There’s no buildup to action, it begins right away. At first I was thrown by immediately being dropped in the story, but I did get on with it and started to enjoy it. A lot of historical fiction stories tend to be a bit slower, so if that’s isn’t your jam, this certainly could be. I also liked Eliza’s growth throughout th *special thanks to Central Avenue Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review! 3.5 stars Very steamy and pretty dark! This starts out pretty brutal. There’s no buildup to action, it begins right away. At first I was thrown by immediately being dropped in the story, but I did get on with it and started to enjoy it. A lot of historical fiction stories tend to be a bit slower, so if that’s isn’t your jam, this certainly could be. I also liked Eliza’s growth throughout the book. She starts as a damsel in distress, but soon comes to her hold her own. When jumping into this, the romance seemed to be a bit insta lovey at first. Thankfully, it ended up not playing out that way and the romance took its time. One thing that took me out of the story was some of the language. Some of it was too modern for the time period and threw me off. Be wanted; there are some rather dark themes in this novel. This is historical fiction mixed with romance and a bit of mystery/thriller. I rather enjoyed it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. One on hand, I really loved this book. It was a fascinating and multi-layered mystery that wasn't solved in a few chapters. I think Schwarz did a wonderful job of building suspense and bringing you into the case. I've not seen many mysteries that get into the grittier side of life in the nineteenth century, and this one didn't shy away from it. This leads to my "other hand"- I am quite squeamish, and found several part Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. One on hand, I really loved this book. It was a fascinating and multi-layered mystery that wasn't solved in a few chapters. I think Schwarz did a wonderful job of building suspense and bringing you into the case. I've not seen many mysteries that get into the grittier side of life in the nineteenth century, and this one didn't shy away from it. This leads to my "other hand"- I am quite squeamish, and found several parts very difficult to read. That is more on me than it is on anyone else, but a little bit of a warning would have helped. I also have a pet peeve about dialects; I'm really not a fan of when dialects are written out. It was a little distracting, and didn't add to the story at all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was a most entertaining read. Eliza was a strong and brave woman. When escaping from her dire circumstances, she met Sir Henry March. Sir Henry was a brave and honourable man, who was involved in discovering a traitor. He had two loyal friends who helped him, as well as a number of ex soldiers. This story moved along at a good pace and had dangerous events, a burgeoning love and people trafficking. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I received a copy and have voluntarily This was a most entertaining read. Eliza was a strong and brave woman. When escaping from her dire circumstances, she met Sir Henry March. Sir Henry was a brave and honourable man, who was involved in discovering a traitor. He had two loyal friends who helped him, as well as a number of ex soldiers. This story moved along at a good pace and had dangerous events, a burgeoning love and people trafficking. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I received a copy and have voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vaish -bookishbelle1008

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of this ARC I loved this historical fiction novel that left me wanting more with thrilling twists and turns that carry this suspense story forward. Our female protagonist, Eliza works hard to grow into the strong and independant woman that she is by the end of the book through learning skills from the people she meets over the course of her journey with Henry. The relationship she shares with Henry is one that blossoms from f I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of this ARC I loved this historical fiction novel that left me wanting more with thrilling twists and turns that carry this suspense story forward. Our female protagonist, Eliza works hard to grow into the strong and independant woman that she is by the end of the book through learning skills from the people she meets over the course of her journey with Henry. The relationship she shares with Henry is one that blossoms from friendship and the high regard they both hold for each other, especially with Eliza continuously surprising Henry and his circle with her courage and wit. This same strength is what enables her to uncover a sex trafficking ring, thus saving the lives of numerous woman. The ending was surprising and left way for a second book as the adventure continues for the fierce Eliza and charming Henry.

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