Title: Midwinter Manor, Book 2: Keeper’s Pledge
Author: JL Merrow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Danny and Phillip
Sub-Genre: Historical, Romance, Series
Sequel to Poacher’s Fall
Landowner Philip Luccombe has been enjoying a passionate relationship with young poacher turned gamekeeper Danny Costessey for four years now. Danny’s love has brought him out of the shell he retreated into when his first lover died after the Great War. But this Christmas, visitors to the manor threaten their happiness. Philip’s young cousin Matthew is artistic, vivacious, and flirtatious: just the sort to remind him of his long-dead first love—and to emphasize the social gulf between Philip and Danny.
But the worst danger comes from much nearer home. An old flame of Danny’s is discovered in incriminating circumstances, forcing the lovers to keep their distance for fear of being tarred with the same brush. Meanwhile, Danny’s younger brother, Toby, has grown to resent the connection between his brother and the lord of the manor. Danny wants to do the right thing—but that could divide the lovers forever.
Keepers Pledge is a really great story, and wonderful addition to the first book, Poacher’s Fall. It picks up where Poacher’s Fall left off and believe me, Keeper’s Pledge does not disappoint! It was great to read about Phillip coming out of his shell, and to watch Danny grow into such a strong, confident man was wonderful!
I fell for Danny in the first book. He’s a hardworking man of the house and a father figure to his siblings despite his young age; I really thought that he pulled it off wonderfully.
Phillip was so stoic in the first book, it was great to see him let loose and enjoy himself a little bit. These two men complete each other, and they will have to learn to complement one another if they are to make it through their struggles in this book. When Danny’s brother leaves a girl in “a bad way” and refuses to do what is right for her, Danny steps in and is determined to do the right thing…but what will that mean for him and Phillip?
Keepers Pledge is a lovely story with wonderful characters. I highly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book and recommend it to anyone who loves a well written romance.
Reviewed By: Jerry