About the Book
Book: The Sugar Baron’s Ring
Author: Lorri Dudley
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2020
A ring is her only tie to a distant homeland, until a marooned Englishman anchors her heart.
Hannah Rose Barrington is the island misfit. Orphaned at a young age, Hannah struggles to provide for her future, while her guardian, a weak-hearted island drunk, bleeds Hannah of her father’s inheritance. Caught between the classes of elite planters and white beggars, Hannah yearns to find a place to belong.
University life has never been Bradlee Granville’s forte. His only hope to graduate is to impress his professors by documenting his travels. After claiming unforeseeable circumstances, he delays his final exams and sets out early on his Grand Tour. However, when his ship wrecks off the coast of the Leeward Islands, Bradlee is left without means to return to England, a mounting deadline, and ruined journals.
When Hannah rescues passengers from a ship breaking apart in the bay, she’s unexpectedly drawn to the witty charm of one of the men. Helping him settle into island life will be a pleasure. However, as creditors, like sharks, begin to circle and her guardian’s desperation becomes life threatening, Hannah finds herself in need of rescue. Will Bradlee look past her pitiful situation to see who she truly is—the sugar baron’s daughter?
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Anyone else just love a good traveling adventurous story? I do. Lorri Dudley’s Leeward Island series take me to a place full of adventure. All the books can be read as standalone books. You do run into familiar characters at various points in the books, but they are just passing mentions and do not leave you feeling like you are missing something; I always look forward to seeing how the former characters are doing now 😊. This third book in the series is my favorite so far.
I LOVED the main character Hannah; she behaves respectably, even when the people she continues to show respect to treat her badly. She also shows great courage, an adventurous spirit, and a love for helping others. There were so many good qualities to her, I just loved her character. Hannah’s counterpart Bradlee was a fun character as well. I enjoyed his sense of humor and the way he and Hannah interacted; it was very sweet. I loved how both Bradlee and Hannah had different lessons to learn and difficulties to overcome. Hannah and Bradlee were very well rounded and I felt myself very much in love with them by the end of the story. The secondary characters in the book enhanced the whole experience and they had some great stories of their own interwoven with Hannah and Bradlee’s.
I loved the vivid descriptions of the Leeward Islands in this book (Something I am coming to expect from Lorri Dudley!), they made me feel like I was the one climbing a waterfall, smelling the fresh salty ocean air and getting my feet covered with sand. I quite enjoyed it. The storyline was also fascinating, it pulled me in right from the beginning (just read the first chapter and you’ll see what I mean), it had adventures, some valuable life lessons, and best of all a deep reliance on God guiding our steps in life.
I truly enjoyed this story and I am loving seeing the growth in Lorri Dudley’s writing through this series! Her writing style is very similar to Misty M. Beller, and Roseanne M. White. I highly recommend this story and give it 5 out of 5 stars!
* I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
About the Author
Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.
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The Sugar Baron’s Ring is the third book in the Leeward Island series. My heroine is caught between social classes as the daughter of a sugar baron and an impoverished white beggar since her guardian sold her inheritance to pay his debts. To generate the feeling of being a misfit, I delved back to those awkward years of middle and high school, where we often struggle to discover where we belong. Before my senior year, my family and I moved to New England for a job change. I’d had a great group of friends at my old school, but at my new school, I was a stranger—an outsider—trying to find acceptance, much like Hannah.
Bradlee, the hero, on the other hand, was fashioned in a completely different manner. At my house, the slang terms “bruh” and “noob” are tossed around by my three boys, along with constant fraternal teasing. A lot of their sarcastic wit and camaraderie are portrayed through Bradlee and his grand tour companion, Colin. Their light-hearted banter depicts the tight bonds of a deep relationship where faults may be mocked, but offenses are overlooked, and if ever in trouble, they have each other’s backs. Hannah is drawn to Bradlee, craving a similar connection but loses her heart to him in the process.
The first opening scene came about because my family loves Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. After binge-watching practically every episode, I knew my hero and heroine would meet under the duress of a shiny, steel-gray fin plowing through the water. (Queue the Jaws theme song.) However, our resourceful heroine contains the strength to rescue the hero as opposed to the other way around.
All these things, being a misfit, teasing, and shark attacks, playout in a grander scheme to show how God never leaves us nor forsakes us. He’s laying out the pieces of our happily-ever-after while developing our character and purpose. The Sugar Baron’s Ring demonstrates how God’s light shines bright even in the darkness.
To learn more, check out my website at lorridudley.com or click here to watch The Sugar Baron’s Ring book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWRQr3drZY8&feature=youtu.be
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