Again, I am blown away by Grace Burrowes novels. I was so thrilled to receive an ARC for "The Traitor".
Sebastian St. Clair is the son of an English father and a French mother. When the Treaty of Amines is struck, his mother and father travel to France to visit her father and relations. While they were in France, war broke out and his father had to leave. Sebastian and his mother were left in France and his mother died.
In adulthood, he was forced to join the French army to survive. English officers who were captured out of uniform were brought to him to torture. Now that the war is over, Sebastian is back in England and is the Baron St. Clair. The men that think he tortured them are challenging him to duels.
Millicent Danforth is the newly hired companion of Lady Frederica, Baroness St. Clair, Sebastian's Aunt. When Milly needs to return to her aunt's house, Aunt Freddy has Sebastian drive her. This starts the romance and verbal sparring between Milly and Sebastian. Sebastian figures out that Milly can't read or write and patiently teaches her.
This book is beautifully written from beginning to end. The all of the characters are well drawn out from main characters to secondary characters. The conclusion of the novel was well plotted and gave a great resolution to the suspense that was woven throughout the novel.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.