Sunday, 2 March 2014
Dark Whisky Road by Jen Black
Jen Black’s writing style is crisp and flows beautifully, the story moving forward at a steady pace. Melanie, a dowager duchess, takes on her new housekeeper situation with fortitude and determination. Her choices are limited and she must make it work. Overcoming the recent horrific events she’s had to endure isn’t easy and her wariness of men is a stumbling block she must conquer. Her reactions to the widower, Lord Jarrow, are sometimes humorous, subservience not really something that comes easily, since she’s too used to leading and making her own decisions.
Jen Black’s portrayal of Melanie is sympathetic and well drawn-she’s a heroine with some spunk but also with vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Lord Jarrow’s secrets are well guarded, though Melanie determines to uncover them. That Jarrow has been living a semi reclusive life for years is believable in Victorian times – yet he’s not a dark and brooding hero. There are some very likeable secondary characters who add colour and humour to the story.
This is an enjoyable, quick read for a lover of historical romance.