Title: Midwinter Manor Book One: Poacher’s Fall
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Danny Costessey, Phillip Luccombe
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance, Series
One snowy night just before Christmas, 1922, poacher Danny Costessey rounds off a night trapping rabbits by climbing a tree to fetch some mistletoe for his mother—only to fall and break his leg. Taken to the manor house to recover from his injuries, Danny meets the reclusive owner, Philip Luccombe. Village gossip has it Luccombe went mad during the war, but Danny soon realizes he’s simply still mourning his late lover. As friendship grows between them, Danny starts to fall for handsome, shy Philip.
Danny’s lively nature, roguish good looks, and ready laughter enchant Philip, and he finds himself being drawn out of his shell whether he will it or not. But when Danny tries to move beyond friendship, Philip panics—and his rejection threatens not only their happiness, but Danny’s health.
I loved this book! There is so much pain and loss that these two men share, it just broke my heart! I adored Danny’s character. He was sweet and innocent, but in such a strong way that he made me fall for him. Philip was so deep in his own pain that he had hidden himself away from the world…that is until Danny came along and brought light into his dark world.
Poacher’s Fall is such a great story! I enjoyed it so much that I would have loved if there had been more of it because I hated to see it come to an end. I can only hope this author hurries up and writes more about these two in the future. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Jerry