Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart



The Temptations of Anna Jacobs by Robyn DeHart
Penguin Group
Publication Date:  April 15, 2014
Date Read:  April 22, 2014

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars

I almost forgot how enjoyable it is to read a well written historical romance.  As a reader who reads a little bit of everything, I have somehow not picked up a historical romance in quite some time.  This book was a quick read with very likeable characters.  The romance in this novel was balanced quite nicely with one the biggest mysteries of all time. 

Anna is studying to be a physician much to her mother's dismay.  While Anna's mother would like her to focus on finding a husband, she has given up on the possibility of marriage and has instead focused her energy on medical school.  

Drew has just been released from prison after being wrongly accused of committing the crimes of Jack the Ripper.  Anna's brother, Simon, asks Drew to work as an Inspector with Scotland Yard to help solve the crimes.  Drew agrees but Simon is quickly sent away leaving Drew to try to piece things together on his own.  Drew soon starts to depend on Anna's help on the case.   Drew and Anna are drawn to each other but Drew holds back because he feels he is not suited for a proper woman such as Anna.

I did note that this is book two of a series.  I am sure that the first book covered events leading up to this book but this book is quite enjoyable on its own.  The characters in this book were fantastic.  Anna was strong willed and more than willing to go against the path society felt she should take.  Drew was a flawed man but also strong.   He worked hard in this book to make himself a better man.  I loved the author incorporated Jack the Ripper into this book as well.  It made for a very interesting story.

I would definitely recommend this book.  This is the first book by Robyn DeHart that I have had a chance to read.  I look forward to reading more of this author in the near future. 

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