Title: Far Beyond Rubies
Author: Rosemary Morris
Genre: Historical Romance
Set in 1706 during Queen Anne Stuart’s reign, Far Beyond Rubies begins when William, Baron Kemp, Juliana’s half-brother claims she and her young sister, Henrietta, are bastards. Spirited Juliana is determined to prove the allegation is false, and that she is the rightful heiress to Riverside, a great estate. On his way to deliver a letter to William, Gervaise Seymour sees Juliana for the first time in the grounds of her family estate. The sight of her draws him back to India. When “her form changed to one he knew intimately – but not in this lifetime,” Gervaise knows he would do everything in his power to protect her. Although Juliana and Gervaise are attracted to each other, they have not been formally introduced and assume they will never meet again. However, when Juliana flees from home, and is on her way to London, she encounters quixotic Gervaise at an inn. Circumstances force her to accept his kind help. After Juliana’s life becomes irrevocably tangled with his, she discovers all is not as it seems. Yet, she cannot believe ill of him for, despite his exotic background, he behaves with scrupulous propriety while trying to help her find evidence to prove she and her sister are legitimate.
Juliana’s half-brother, Baron Kemp, claims she and her younger sister are bastards and therefore have no claim to the family estates. Grief-stricken and mourning the loss of her father, she’s unsure what to do. Shocked, she flees for London to prove she and her sister are legitimate heirs. She meets Gervaise Seymour at an inn and he offers to help her in any way he can. She’s wary of this exotic man but can’t help falling for him. But he’s carrying a deep secret and when it’s revealed, she’s unsure who to believe. Are they destined to be together or is this just a tale of a naive woman drawn to a lord recently returned from India?
Far Beyond Rubies is a beautiful romance rich in history. There’s not a lot of historical romances set in this time period so it was a joy to read. Every nuance of the time period is described in intricate detail, right down to the clothing. The romance between Juliana and Gervaise is slow-burning but filled with such emotion, my heart thumped in my chest as I read. The characters leap from the page and I honestly couldn’t put it down. Historically accurate with such depth, I could see, smell, taste everything. A must read for any historical romance fan.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.
My Rating: 5 stars
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I write historical fiction, so I am fortunate to be only a 20 minute train journey from London, which offers so many possibilities for research about times past. So many things spark my imagination. During the last two years I took an open tour bus ride around London. Amongst the sky scrapers and modern buildings Old London can be discovered, including the street which J.K.Rowling used as a model for Diagon Alley in her Harry Potter series. For as long as I can remember, I enjoyed studying history, reading historical non-fiction, historical fiction and its sub-genres. I enjoy novels in which the characters’ behaviour is appropriate for the era in which they lived. The more I read the more fascinated I become, and the more aware of the gulf between historical periods and my own. Our ancestors shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were different to ours. One of the most striking examples is the position of women and children in society in bygone ages. I don’t think it is possible for a novelist to be 100% accurate about life in former ages. However, the characters in my novels are of their time, not ones dressed in costume who behave like 21st century women. Of course, it is almost impossible to completely understand our ancestors, but through extensive research I ensure my characters observe the social etiquette of their lives and times. My previously published novels, set in the early 18th century and in the ever popular Regency era, and my previously unpublished historical fiction will be published by Books We Love as e-book editions and paper books.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N