Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Danger Wears White - Lynne Connally - a Review

Danger Wears White
Lynne Connally

Hoping to live down her family’s connections to the traitorous Jacobite cause, Imogen wants nothing more than a quiet life in the country. When she stumbles upon a wounded man, the white cockade in his coat tells her he’s a Jacobite, and a danger to the crown. Yet there’s something about him she can’t resist . . .
In search of a document on behalf of his powerful family, Tony is shot and left for dead. Secreted away to a hidden chamber, he finds himself both a guest and prisoner of a beautiful but mysterious woman. What she wants and who she serves, he cannot know. But what he does understand is the desire burning strongly between them. And that neither of them will be spared until their lust is sated.
When the action moves to London, suddenly it’s Tony who has to act to save Imogen. Forced to become a lady in waiting to Princess Amelia, she is in peril from the Jacobites, who are convinced she is their salvation. Only the strength of Tony and Imogen’s love can save them now.

Sometimes historical fiction should be just good fun to read.  The settings, the immersion into the life of living in the period and as a member of the “fallen” ton was wonderful.  I could almost feel a small sense of Cinderella in the fine print, as Imogen fights to just keep her home out of the clutches of the warring factions of the Royals and the Jacobites, who are determined to once again sit on the throne of England. 
Part of what is so much fun, is the intrigue, and the cloak and dagger of the fighting.  All this, while appearing gentile and extremely civilized, as society demands.  The only person who doesn’t seem to know what the fighting is really about is the center of it all, and the innocent of the day, Imogen. 
Lynne does a wonderful job of slowly rolling out the scroll, and laying the picture out for us all to see and take in, much like a large panorama map across a desk.  Accept, she is whisking us through the pages of her novel at break-neck speed as she paints the picture with broadening strokes.  Just as you think you have it all figured out, Lynne throws in a curve and adds more depth and texture to the scene and characters. 
What could have otherwise been a light summer read, was given more depth by the complex character development she gave to her central characters.  It kept you turning the page to see if you had it right, or if  the next discovery would turn Imogen’s world upside-down, again.
All this intrigue was wrapped and intertwined with a love story, much like a twisted Cinderella tale.  Personally, I read and saw the Cinderella story as the central thread through the entire novel.  It made it endearing and charming, in the middle of the cloak and dagger and everything else going on.  I love a good Cinderella, smile.
As to the historical, there seemed to be no ties to documented history, but the atmosphere, and character development were spot on for the time period and setting.  Fabulous job.
I would give this novel a good FOUR STAR rating.  A copy of this book was provided by Net Galley for my reading and reviewing of the novel, thank  you.

Lynne Connolly writes historical romance, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. She loves the conflicts and complications that come about if someone lives their life to the full.
She has her own blog, but she also blogs for The Good, The Bad and The Unread, the UK Regency/Georgian writers' blog and The Raven Happy Hour.
She lives in the UK with her family and her mews, a cat called Jack. She also enjoys making and decorating dolls' houses. She visits the US at least once a year, attends conferences and has a great time.
Her website is at