Friday, November 12, 2010

The Portrait by Hazel Statham (Review)

About the book:

England 1812

Severely injured at the battle of Salamanca, Edward Thurston, the new Earl of Sinclair, returns home to his beloved Fly Hall. Determined not to present his prospective bride with the wreck he believes himself to have become, he decides to end his betrothal, unaware that Lady Jennifer, for vastly differing reasons, has reached the selfsame decision.

Throughout the campaigns, Edward was often seen relying greatly on a miniature he carried, and it is to this token he clings upon his return. Will he eventually find happiness with the girl in the portrait, or will he remain firm in his resolve not to wed? Reason dictates one course, his heart another.

My Review:
I loved this book. It is a great Regency romance novel. All of the characters came alive and were interesting. The plot held my interest and was well developed. I would love to read more of this author's books. They remind me of Georgette Heyer. Recommended.

About the Author:

Hazel Statham lives in England and has been writing on and off since she was fifteen. Initially she was influenced by Austen, the Bront√ęs, and Sabatini but when she turned seventeen, Georgette Heyer opened up the romance and elegance of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She immediately knew she had found her eras and wanted nothing more than to re-create them in her work.

Her latest book is the Regency romance novel, The Portrait, released by Avalon Books in August 2010.

Hazel lives with her husband, Terry, and a beautiful Labrador named Mollie. Apart from writing, her other ruling passion is animals, and until recently she acted as treasurer for an organization that raised money for animal charities.

You can visit her online at and her blog at

Review copy provided by author for Pump Up Your Book blog tour.


Cheryl said...

Thanks for the lovely review of Hazel's latest. So glad you enjoyed it. This is my favorite out of her books that I've read.

I hope your readers will check this one out.


Hazel Statham said...

Many thanks for your very kind review. It is very much appreciated.



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