Friday, September 24, 2021

The Captain's Confidant: A Regency Romance - Larkhall Letters Book 2 Review

I previously reviewed the first book in the Larkhall Letters series. Because it was such a delightful book to read, I immediately started the second book in the series, The Captain's Confidant

We originally met Bridget Northcott in book 1, The Ace of Hearts. I instantly liked her!  She was a gracious hostess, sweet friend, and clearly someone who could keep secrets.  In book 1, Bridget didn't even tell her brother, Matthew, Alice Rosemeyer's real reasons for visiting his estate, Larkhall.

When Bridget shared her own secret with Alice and told her why she wasn't interested in considering any would-be suitors, it is obvious why keeping confidences was so important to Bridget. She had a big secret of her own!  For years, she had been in love with her brother's friend, Captain Colin Foster.

Any romantic reading the book would hope that Bridget's captain returned her love. However, at the beginning of book 2, when we discover that Captain Foster is engaged to someone else, that hardly seems likely. 


The Captain's Confidant Synopsis

 The Captain's Confidant: A Regency Romance (Larkhall Letters Book 2)Check PriceWhen his older brother dies in an accident, Captain Foster is forced to return home and assume his place as heir and master of Thorncarrow.  Colin resents having to leave his career and his beloved sea. He has been living the life he wanted.  Now, he is choked by obligations, debt, and an unwanted estate. Captain Colin Foster is a very unhappy man.

When they find out that Colin is back at Thorncarrow, Matthew and Oliver Northcott make plans to visit him.  They hope they might be able to help him ease into his new role as owner of an estate. Plus, they are interested in how he had so quickly become engaged to their neighbor, Miss. Tabitha Terrell.  

Bridget is heartbroken to hear of Colin's engagement and questions how he could even consider marrying Tabitha. He knows firsthand of the spiteful things that Tabitha did to Bridget when they were kids. She is determined to find out how he could possibly love her and convinces her brother, Matthew, that he should allow her to accompany them to Thorncarrow.  However, upon arrival, is seems Colin is not thrilled to see Bridget. He sends her and her companion to stay in the dower's house with his mother.

In her own state of distress, Bridget decides to vent her anger through a letter that is never meant to be delivered.  However, a maid finds the letter and promptly takes it to the addressee, Captain Colin Foster.  After Colin reads the letter, he decides to write one of his own and that is how Bridget becomes the Captain's confidant. 


My Conclusion

Sharing secrets with someone you trust is something we all need to be able to do from time to time. Knowing they would never betray you is paramount.  

This is a sweet story of an old friendship that is reestablished after years of separation.  It is also the story of forgiveness and reconciliation of other broken relationships.  No doubt, there is a message of encouragement laced within the pages of this story for all of us if we take the time to reflect upon it.

 




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6 comments:

  1. I've read several novels where letters are a recurring theme and always enjoyed them. Somehow the words one finds hard to speak in person can be more comfortably conveyed in a letter. I like the fact that letters play a big part in this book and in the series. Thanks for your review of this Larkhall Letters series, Sylvestermouse.

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  2. Thanks for another interesting review. Glad you found a series you enjoy. I am in the middle of two different series right now ( one is from Louanne's recommend on RTR) and it is so much fun to follow characters and places you grow to love.

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  3. Oh I know I have already bookmarked this series and I'm happy to hear that the second book is as good as the first. I haven't started to read this series yet, but, I know I will get to them soon! This kind of book is right up my alley and I know I will enjoy it for sure. Thanks for this lovely review.

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  4. This series sounds all so interesting, I'm more of a historical fiction guy. I'm currently reading one of Mary Beth's recommendations from RTR "The Bee Keepers Promise" Thanks for the great review.

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  5. Sounds like an excellent book. My mom would enjoy this one. I would as well. I remember a line from a movie, and I'm trying to remember the movie - anyway the line is "can you know something, and never ever speak of it" - or something like that (in other words keep a secret totally until the end of life) - assuming it's legal of course, I'm one of those people who can carry a confidence to the end.

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  6. This sounds a lovely book to become absorbed in and really enjoy. From your review, I think I would love it. The characters sound well formed and I love that letters and sharing secrets along with reconciliation are key to the plot. Thank you for your recommendation!

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