THE HOSTAGE HEART by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (Severn House)

The Hostage Heart

Emotionally hurt in the past, a job in a large country house seems to be Emma’s best option for staying single and safe… 

When Emma Ruskin becomes governess to 10-year-old Poppy Ackroyd, the haughty Ackroyd family all treat her with contempt – particularly Gavin, the effortlessly superior eldest son.

Yet Emma realises that Gavin alone genuinely cares for Poppy and their unexpected rapport flatters and alarms her – surely he is out of her league?

But then disaster strikes when Emma and Poppy are snatched by kidnappers. Imprisoned and terrified, Emma knows they will be killed if the ransom isn’t paid – unless Gavin can get to them first…

First published as Dangerous Love, and originally under a pseudonym, this is a new edition with a new introduction from the author.

As the author states, this is a very early work. I think I will keep that in mind.

The story moves along nicely, but we aren’t really given any insight to the family until the end. They are all such different characters but very shallow from the little we know about them and their motivations.

The kidnapping was believable but the ending just was not. The story was moving along nicely and then it was suddenly all tied up and left me scratching my head.

I have heard that her later books are good so I’ll definitely give her another read.

Netgalley/Severn House  Nov.1,2017