Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Uncaged Review: The Sanctuary by Sandra Lea Rice

As seen in Issue 2 of Uncaged Book Reviews. To see the rest of the issue, please click the link below.

The Sanctuary
Sandra Lea Rice
Historical England/Romance

Blurb: A woman set on revenge: 
Clairece Griffin is summoned to the Metropolitan Museum in New York to authenticate a relic reputedly having belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots. While there, the valuable, gem-encrusted treasure is stolen and her husband killed. When Clairece learns of the relic’s resurfacing in England, she travels to London under the pretext of visiting relatives. In her determination to bring those responsible to justice, she becomes the target of a crazed killer, equally determined to stop her. 

A man seeking absolution: 
Consumed by guilt at the tragic death of his mother, Anthony Wade, the Earl of Harding, strives to provide a safe haven, The Sanctuary, for those he has pledged to protect. Working privately for Scotland Yard as a means to rebuild his once-failing estate, Anthony, a renowned antiquarian, is summoned when word of a priceless missing heirloom reaches Her Royal Majesty, Queen Victoria. 

A promise: 
Having vowed to help a friend, Anthony soon discovers the woman he is charged to protect—Clairece Griffin—is none other than the mysterious woman with whom he’d spent a few unforgettable, intimate hours. When the quest to find the missing relic becomes a race to save Clairece’s life, they turn to the safety of The Sanctuary. As the attempts on her life increase, a three-hundred-year-old mystery is revealed, one that could destroy them both.

Uncaged Review: It isn’t very often a book comes along and steals your time away from you, as soon as you put it down, you’re wanting to pick it back up and keep reading. This book did that for me. 

There is suspense, with a couple of twists you wouldn’t expect, romance, witty banter, and very believable characters. Both the main characters have a past, and even though they are together early in the book, the author doesn’t keep it all sunshine and roses. With Clairece snooping around for the relic, a deranged killer is trying to kill her. Anthony feels he must protect her at all costs, and is very dominating, which doesn’t go over all that well with the head-strong, stubborn Clairece. But to overcome the obstacles and stay together, will not be an easy task.

There isn’t much I didn’t like about this book. Well written, with characters that are easy to love and are not perfect by any means. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars

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