Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Indebted Early By Erica Vetsch & Giveaway

The Indebted Earl
by Erica Vetsch
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Series: Serendipity & Secrets
ISBN: 978-0825446191

I'm so excited for the third installment of the Serendipity & Secrets series! Thankful to have been on the tour for all three books with Audra Jennings PR. She sent me the book for review.


Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business--or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life--especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero's dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man's grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn't opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed's elderly mother, and she's already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she'll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he's come to mean to her. Now she'll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

My Review:

Show of hands for who isn't prepared for The Indebted Earl because we know the series is ending! I know I'm not the only one who's sad. I thoroughly enjoyed this series as well as this final book! And go figure... I have ALL three books. hahahaha This is a rare occurrence around these parts.

There's so much to write about this story, of course without giving anything away, but there's a lot I want to talk about. I should probably start groups for people who have read books so we can discuss them. Anyhow, I digress...

As Julie Andrews would say, "let's start at the very beginning..." We meet Captain Charles Wyvern who is recovering from a run in with a French ship. He's made a promise to his right hand man to make sure his fiancé is ok. That springboards us into returning to the people we've come to know through the series.

Marcus' sister, Sophie, was engaged to Rich, but with him gone now she and his mother, Mamie, have their world turned upside down. The upheaval in their lives made me want to throw my book across the room. Just wait until you read it.

Captain Wyvern, who's lived his life on a ship since he was 12, knows how to run a tight ship, but it also means the crew sticks together and not only does his commitment to Rich make Sophie and Mamie part of his crew, but something unexpected happens once they reach his new home that expands their crew. Sometimes I didn't know if I should laugh or cry for these poor souls. In the midst of the craziness is the ever steady Mrs. Chapman. I seriously loved her. We all need someone like her in our lives! Her  and Partridge!

And yes, we get to spend a bit of time with Marcus and Charlotte. Oh, and their mother is just as obnoxious as ever. That woman would drive anyone crazy! hahaha Once Rich is out of the picture she's ready to go back to controlling Sophie's life. I just loved Sophie. You can tell what she's been through has dulled her spirit, but underneath the sadness her sass is still there. She needs it to protect Mamie as well as not to let her mother run her life.

I can understand the Captain's deep desire to head back to the sea and his ship. It's all he's ever known. Sophie's kindness and sweetness lure him to stay, but the sea is calling. The pull (which neither sees happening) of their hearts is so subtle because of everything they're going through. Not even they can see it. Sigh... seriously, so sweet!!!

I've already expressed to Erica Vetsch about my hope for a book series and here's to fingers crossed that it will happen!

Enter the Giveaway:

About the Author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota.

Learn more about Erica at or find her on Facebook 
(@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


Erica Vetsch said...

Thank you for hosting The Indebted Earl on your blog, and thank you for a thoroughly delightful review! :)

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