I love historical romance, especially ones set in England or Ireland. When I was given the opportunity to read and review The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch, I was excited to get my copy and begin reading. I immediately was transported into the story – and, to be honest, I laid in bed the entire day and read it in one sitting. (Yes, it was the weekend!) I couldn’t put the book down, because I felt like I was transported into Sophie’s world.
The title sent a cold, stark wind through Charles. His mind thrust away the notion of a title. He neither wanted nor needed it. He was a sea captain, not an earl.
Captain Charles Wyvern owes a huge debt to Major Richardson, who saved his life. But, when Major Richardson dies from his wounds, Captain Wyvern must pay his respects to Lady Sophia Haverly, the Major’s fiancé. The Captain agrees to escort Lady Sophia and the Major’s mother to a seaside cottage, as a way to repay his debt. Along the way, he finds out his uncle has died and left him a title and home, he neither wants or needs. Upon arrival in Devon, they find an estate in disrepair and mismanaged, a set of sisters who the Captain now has responsibility for, and a whole rash of other problems – but, at least there is a boat.
Charles proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to provide for Lady Sophia and the Major’s mother, while providing a mother figure for his three wards. Lady Sophia agrees. Things are great, until the Captain is arrested for smuggling, and now Lady Sophia must fight for his freedom, his love, and their new family.
I loved this book – as I said earlier, I laid in bed an entire day and read it cover-to-cover. At first, I was worried the story would just be the same “old story line.” but it’s not! Erica throws in a few curveballs that make the story fun and exciting. The characters were amazing… my favorite is Lady Sophia’s brother. His mannerisms and comments had me laughing all throughout the book. The story was so well written, every scene was exciting and felt like I was just off to the side observing the action in real life. I just hope maybe she will follow up with a sequel or two, to tell the other minor character’s stories.
I definitely recommend reading this book – just make sure it is the weekend, so you can read it non-stop!
About the Author
Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.
Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.
A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.
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