The Explorer’s Daughter by Kate Renae
Published by Kate Renae October 11, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction, Suspense, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Kate definitely proves her ability to write excellent characters and intriguing suspense with her debut story that I truly enjoyed.
This book could not have arrived in my inbox at a better time. I was wishing for a good suspense to break up the current group of books I’ve been reading and this wonderful book was just what I wanted. If I hadn’t already known this was a debut story for Kate, I would not have guessed it based on the writing. Everything flowed and tied together so very well that I was entirely engaged and involved with the characters of the story from the first chapter. She begins with a young woman named Della (Adeline) who has recently lost her father to death and her sister to a marriage she is positive will be horrendous. Her fears are confirmed fairly soon when her new brother-in-law, Roger, threatens her life and her sister’s life if she doesn’t complete a task he demands of her. An object he desires is at his family;s home and he has ensured that Della will be staying there due to the wedding trip he is taking her sister on immediately. Della must find the object if she is to save her sister’s life and return to her home. But with no leads to go on, Della is terrified of failing. Fairstone Hall is owned by Lord William Wakefield, Earl of Danbury, a man who’s taciturn reputation proceeds him. He is also Della’s new brother-in-law. Does she really have a chance to search the estate or are the secrets of the past so buried there is no hope? A chance encounter with the earl at the inn nearby the Hall leaves Della with a less than ideal impression of the man. Why does he have to be so curt and brusque? Does her mere existence bother him in some great way? Della soon comes to see that the Earl is, in fact, a bit shy around strangers and carries pain from the past that darkens his future. A tenuous friendship forms between them but Della is not yet ready to reveal her true reasons for staying at the Hall. Will has many regrets in his life, not the least of which is failing to protect his mother from his cruel father. He is striving to be a different and better man but despises society and assemblies. Della is a welcome breath of fresh air in his home, though she nearly drives him crazy with her sharp wit and sarcastic responses. She gives him no quarter in his brusqueness and challenges him in ways no one ever has before. But she also carries suffering from her past that she is unwilling to share as yet. Can Will convince her he can be trusted to help her in her quest? Can they puzzle it all out before all their lives are put in even more danger? And can Will convince Della she means much more to him than duty demands? You’ll have to come read to find out! But don’t worry……you’ll love finding out.
I really loved this story from beginning to end. The first chapter draws you in, then the second and third convince you that you just HAVE to find out what will happen. Della, who had always longed to go on an exploring adventure with her father sets out on her own unexpected adventure, requiring her to explore an estate in order to save her sister’s life. She is bold, brash and unapologetic in her defense of those she perceives to be bullied or mistreated and has a great capacity to love others. I loved that she was still brave and strong in the face of one who threatened her very existence. But she still needed to learn that others could love her just as she was and that love could help her in more ways that she ever dreamed. Will was a wonderful character too with his brooding nature and hidden wit. I loved the conversations that he and Della had about books, families and the pain of the past. He taught her to trust again and how to accept help when necessary. Their conversations were real and raw and helped me connect very well with them. I will certainly be recommending this book to others and hope they will be as captivated by it as I have been. This is definitely one you will want to add to your shelves to read more than once to take in all the details and happenings. I know I’ll be reading it again myself.
I received this temporary complimentary E-book from Kate Renae. I am not required by anyone to write a positive review but am very pleased to do so. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.