REVIEW: Grace Burrowes’s GABRIEL, Another Forlorn Lord

GabrielGrace Burrowes’s latest “lonely lord,” Gabriel, contains two elements Miss Bates loves: a hero who must set his house in order and a second-chance romance.  The notion of setting things right is a theme endemic to Burrowes’s work.  Miss Bates finds this morally appealing.  Burrowes’s characters are generous, honest, and kind; even when they make messes, they redress them.  And they never leave messes behind, particularly her heroes; this makes them eminently endearing.  Miss Bates noted these things when she enjoyed Burrowes’s first Regency novel, The Heir.  From that initial effort to this latest one, Miss Bates has noted that Burrowes is enamoured of the cross-class couple which, historically, rarely boasted the happy endings that her novels do.  (Miss Bates likes to think that Burrowes brings a beautifully equalizing American flair to the class-conscious British historical; accuracy be damned in the name of justice.  What’s an HEA for, if not to breach “impediments” to the “marriage of true minds”?)  This impediment to love, though historically likely inaccurate and viewed with rose-coloured glasses and all that, is nevertheless refreshing because it says all things are possible with love and the acceptance of responsibility.  However, can Miss Bates say that she loved this novel and wholeheartedly urges you to read it?  There be caveats. Carry on reading to discover more of what Miss Bates thought of Burrowes’s lonely lord #5