Book review: Penny Hampson, A Gentleman’s Promise

A Gentleman’s Promise

A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?

Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.

The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?

Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.

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I have now read two out of three of the ‘Gentlemen’ series from Penny Hampson, albeit out of order, and I have absolutely loved them both! Here, in the first of the series, we meet some names which come up again later in the series, but for now, the focus is on Richard and Emma. Since inheriting an unexpected title, Richard has been subject to a number of attempts on his life, but when he discovers that he may not be the right target for the assassin, instead of retreating to safety, he vows to help protect the newly-arrived Emma and her younger brother.

There’s a strong theme of family and kinship running through the story, and I thought both Emma and Richard’s devotion to their family was wonderful; against all odds, family came first, as well as that sense of belonging with kin. With Emma refusing to be left out of Richard’s plans to discover the truth behind the attacks on his life, and the Easterby title, the two are thrown closer and closer together, with attraction growing, despite neither looking for it.

As with the previous book I’ve read, the descriptions of time and place are spot on, but never over-the-top, and the pacing of both the mystery and romance are perfect, keeping you guessing what’s going on until the very last moment, as well as setting up the rest of the series in terms of the wider problem they’re all going to be encountering in the not-too-distant future. I’m definitely going to be re-reading A Bachelor’s Pledge, and will be picking up An Officer’s Vow too, to complete the set!

Highly recommended to anyone who likes a bit of mystery in their romance.

About Penny

Penny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

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One thought on “Book review: Penny Hampson, A Gentleman’s Promise

  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing my book, Jennifer, and featuring it on your blog. I’m delighted that you enjoyed it!


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