When grief-stricken scientist Sir Edward Fitzwilliam provokes public scorn by defending a sham spiritualist, he’s forced to retreat to Porthkennack to lick his wounds. Ward’s reputation is in tatters, but he’s determined to continue the work he began after the death of his beloved brother.
In Porthkennack, Ward meets Nicholas Hearn, land steward to the Roscarrock family. Ward becomes convinced that Nick, whose Romany mother was reportedly clairvoyant, is the perfect man to assist with his work. But Nick—who has reason to distrust the whims of wealthy men—is loath to agree. Until Fate steps in to lend a hand.
Despite Nick’s misgivings, he discovers that Ward is not the high-handed aristocrat he first thought. And when passion ignites between them, Nick learns there’s much more to love than the rushed, clandestine encounters he’s used to. Nevertheless, Nick’s sure that wealthy, educated Ward will never see him as an equal.
A storm is gathering, but with Nick’s self-doubts and Ward’s growing obsession, the fragile bond between the two men may not be strong enough to withstand it.
I loved this book. It was just…beautiful. And it wasn’t just the romance. It was all of it…the writing, the setting, the story, the emotion…I felt so swept away and didn’t put the book down until I got to the end in one sitting.
It is a classic opposites attract: Ward being a scholar and a man of wealth while Nick a townie, son of a gypsy, who looks after the property of one of the largest landowners. But what ties them is some connection to the supernatural…possibly, as well as a keen sense of loss and lack of place…definitely.
The slow build from distrust, to hopeful attraction, to deep connection was one that I had no problem patiently enjoying. The interactions between Ward and Nick were so genuine and caring, I wanted to read more and more pages just of the two of them.
I love Joanna Chambers’ writing. I have yet to read a story of hers that I didn’t enjoy immensely. And picking a favorite would be difficult. So I’ll just say that this is one of my favorites among all the favorites written by this author!
It’s just great to have new books coming from one of my favorite authors. So for that I’m happy! I’m also excited that this is part of a Riptide Publishing series of books set in Porthkennack. The line up of authors for this series is impressive and I have a feeling each story will be entertaining to read.
I really love books where the setting itself plays a part as a character. In the way that Joanna Chambers wrote this cliff side property and the town itself, I felt like I was there. I could visualize so clearly everything she described of the locations. And this town came to LIFE in this book and played it’s own role. I loved it!
This is my only teeny tiny grumble, and it could very well be mine alone. When a character pulls a dumbass, hurtful move in anger towards their beloved, I like a lot more groveling and apology before forgiveness. 🙂 Earn your way back into my heart! It would’ve been PERFECT if there was just that little more crawling back with your tail between your legs! ha!
If you love a good m/m historical, you’ll love this book. If you’re a fan of Harper Fox books, I think you’ll really love this book. There’s a similar feel to Fox’s “Cold Fusion” that I enjoyed in this one.
Title: A Gathering Storm
Author: Joanna Chambers
Length: 309 pages
Release Date: April 17, 2017
Buy Links: Amazon