The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart | Book Review

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The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart | Book Review
Title: The Secrets of Mia Danvers
Written by Robyn DeHart
Series: Dangerous Liaisons #1
Published by InterMix
Publication Date: June 18th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames


A lone witness finds her protector…
Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.
Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.
Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…

Ridiculously Short Plot
Ala Jack the Ripper mystery romance with a blind girl as the witness of a gruesome crime.

Main Characters
Mia Danvers
Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington
Jack the Ripper

Themes
Rags to Riches
Mystery
Jack the Ripper
Blind Main Character

Favorite Line
‘You are proposing to me? Marriage?’ Mia asked. She shook her head. ‘Even though you freely admit that I am not duchess material.’ She came to her feet. ‘I suppose I should be flattered, but I am not. That was a terrible proposal and I kindly decline. Good day, Alex.’ And with that, she turned on her heel and left the room.

Setting
London, England 1889

 

MY THOUGHTS

I love books and movies that explore the gory and the sinister underbelly of England.  Jack the Ripper is on the rise again and has been killing again – this time, serving girls or working girls are his victims instead of prostitutes.  He has also moved his area and has left Whitechapel.  The story starts as blind Mia Danvers is on her way home and “witnesses” a crime by the Ripper.  Because she can’t see, her other senses are heightened and she is able to hear, and smell the crime.  She runs to the estate of Alex Foster, the Eighth Duke of Carrington and informs him of what she has witnessed.  Because Alex had been told that Mia, who has been living in a cottage at the edge of his estate unseen for almost 10 years, is crazy, he does not believe her.  That is, until his footmen discover the body of his maid, who was apparently killed Jack-the-Ripper-style, near the alley by his property.  He starts questioning Mia again and becomes intrigued by this seemingly  intelligent, and strong woman who was forgotten by everyone.

I absolutely love this story!  It is heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time, with me falling in love with Alex and rooting for the very strong Mia Danvers to get her HEA.  I even cried at certain parts of the story!

Mia, is a very strong, independent woman and has relied on herself for years with the help of Rachel her governess who had decided to stay with her when her mother left her at sixteen.  Because of Mia’s blindness, all of London believes that she died in the accident a year before she turned sixteen.  I loved how the author created this headstrong character and I immediately loved Mia from the start.  Plus, I loved that she is a sculptor!

Alex was also the perfect match for Mia.  Because he wasn’t the heir apparent, he had served in the war and I felt he did not put on a lot of airs.  Once his brother died and he took over the Dukedom, he wanted no scandal to touch his family again and was trying to right the wrongs that were done by his older brother.  I also loved that he was very involved in solving the crime and had decided that it was his responsibility to see the Ripper caught since one of his servants was the victim.

I absolutely loved the sparks that flew between Alex and Mia.  Their verbal sparring was very well written and I felt that it was appropriate in the development of their whole romance and not just added just because.

Another thing that I loved is that she added a suspect that was near to Alex and Mia, Alex’s younger brother Drew (who is his half brother and Mia’s half brother as well).  In fact, I actually thought that for a second that he would be the Ripper even though we all know that the real Ripper has never been caught.  However, I became interested in Drew’s character as the story and the crime started to unfold and hoped that he would have his own HEA.

I will definitely read more books in this series and I recommend it to those who love a good mystery!  I am also looking forward to the next book in the series, Temptations of Anna Jacobs which features Drew and Anna, the sister of the Scotland Yard inspector assigned to the Ripper murders.  I am also hoping that Rachel (Mia’s companion) would have her own HEA since it is already hinted in this book that she might have her own story.

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 5


About Robyn DeHart

I’m one of those writers who always knew that she wanted to be a writer. It took me a while, however, to figure out precisely what I wanted to write. Reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’ ”A Rose in Winter” sealed the deal for me and I’ve been reading and writing romance ever since. I should have known I was destined for this when my Barbies insisted on hosting elaborate masquerade parties, complete with stolen kisses in the moonlight.
I’m the youngest of three children, so of course I’m the favorite. I was raised in central Texas, in the beautiful Hill Country, right smack-dab between Austin and San Antonio. My parents were high school sweethearts and married a week after my mother graduated – they both needed their parents’ permission to marry since they were so young. So I blame them and their amazing marriage for the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic.
Somewhere along the line, I graduated from college with a degree in Sociology, only after completing an internship with none other than award-winning best-selling author, Pamela Morsi. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I learned more about the writing business than I could have hoped.
After college I worked a myriad of jobs: Computer Software Trainer, Recruiter, Administrative Assistant. But no matter what my day job, I come home to my real job and click, click, click away on my computer and get lost in my imaginary world where justice always prevails and the girl always gets her guy! It’s the coolest job in the world.
I’m married to the most amazingly supportive man. He’s so proud of my career, and loves to tell people, “My wife is a romance novelist.” We live in the Austin area, where my husband is a university professor. He’s ridiculously smart, but remains goofy enough to make me laugh every day. We’re the parents of two beautiful and precocious little girls who keep me quite busy during the day. We also have two very spoiled cats who are of no help at all when it comes to my writing, although they sometimes nap in the same room where I sit diligently working.
I’ve published seven historicals, all of which have received great reviews and a handful of them have won awards. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to send me an email or you can find me online at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills, or, Peanut Butter on the Keyboard, my newest blogging endeavor that’s all about writing moms or moms who write. You can also find me on my Facebook or my Facebook Author page and on Twitter. I’m everywhere!


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3 responses to “The Secrets of Mia Danvers by Robyn DeHart | Book Review

  1. Millie Bullock

    Great review. I already have this one on my Kindle. I've always been a fan of Robyn's work and this one sounded so good.