“Good Lord! I do not wish to populate England with my bastards,” said the duke.
Historical romance novels are always fascinating, and one example of this is 'Mistress of Rye' by Emma Reid. The central protagonist is Lady Katherine. Her step-brother is forcing her to get married soon so that he can get her inheritance. She has to run from her house because she believes that she slew her step-brother while defending him. So, she escapes and reaches Duke of Rye and she proclaims herself as his mistress. The love elements start with the upcoming events happening between them. The suspense of the story lies between the past of Katherine.
This is a wonderful love tale told between two unknown people and the chemistry between them is an enthralling one. I enjoyed the book, not even a single line is boring. This is a very engaging read.
The Mistress of Rye is a sweet, poignant Regency Romance that takes place just at the end of the Napoleonic wars. Rye is a nobleman recently returned from the wars. When a beautiful lady appears on his doorstep one dark and stormy night and asks to be his mistress, he has no idea who she might be. Even though neither has set out for such a thing to happen, they become close. Conniving relatives, a missing brother, a hidden identity revelation, and loyal friends, are woven together to make an intriguing story set against a backdrop of war-torn Europe and growing industrial influences, along with labor disputes. Readers of Georgette Heyer’s period romances will find this to be a delightful tale, hitting all the best requirements of an excellent Regency Romance.
OnaRomance and intrigue
“Mistress of Rye” written by Emma Reid is a Regency romance novel. I am a fan of romantic books and this genre is one that I usually enjoy. Set in the British Isles the story follows Lady Katherine’s fortunes and misfortunes. With her brother missing and escaping from a forced marriage, she has to make a life for herself so she decides to offer herself as a mistress to the Duke of Rye.
This sounds like the typical love story but the author has introduced certain particularities to the plot that make it very original and griping. Apart from reading and following the growth and changes of the characters along the book, I really enjoyed the time the writer took to skilfully describe the setting and how life was at that time. The writing style is excellent. I really liked this book and I strongly recommend it.
Celeste SHistory and romance
Here’s a book that grabbed my attention from the start and kept it through to the finish. Superbly well-written, with a well-woven plot and credible characterisation throughout.
Speaking of characterisation, it’s rare to find a romance so pleasantly balanced as this; there is too often a case of “why is this person with that one?” or “why is that person with this one?”, whereas in this story, I had no difficulty finding both of the protagonists likeable, attractive, and worthy of each other—give or take the (deliberately) awkward and unpleasant circumstances of their first meeting, their relationship was distinctly “shippable” throughout.
Another thing I appreciated greatly about this was that for all its serious themes and overtones, and for all the skill of the writing, it was in the largest part the romantic fluff that one looks for when reading a book of this genre. Well, I do, anyway!
I try to find something positive and negative to say about each book I review; some make this difficult one way around or the other; in this case, I can find scarce little to criticise—and that which I do find, would be at worst a passing character flaw, not anything to criticise a book about.
Anastasia StylesAll that one could hope for in a book of the genre!
Romance stories of marriage, inheritance, mistresses, distress, royal highnesses with war always at play are the kind of stories I love. Mistress of Rye is a sweet tale of Regency romance about Lady Katherine, whose stepbrother wants her heritage by forcing a marriage.
Author Reid has been able to mingle prose with pieces of dialogues and craft a fantastic piece of literature able to appeal to all our senses.
Even though this book does not have poems in it, the narrative has a romantic poetic style that enchants.
Loaded with descriptive scenes that bring lines to life, this book is able to make anyone believe in love, even if they are not fans of it. Well-deserved 5 stars for Reid!
Mistress of Rye by Emma Reid is an excellent example of romantic, historical fiction. The main character is Lady Catherine, who is seeking to retain the family name, even after being attacked by her stepbrother. Even though she doesn't want to, she must flee to preserve her safety and sanity. Soon she becomes mistress to the Duke of Rye, and from there, the story develops. This is a well-written and thoughtfully designed Regency story that creates memorable characters while there is turmoil and trouble beneath the carefully cultivated surface. Completely immersive from the beginning pages until the end, this book is highly recommended for a great reading escape.
V.E. VINE VOICEEnticing Historical Fiction
The writing style of Emma Reid is a delight. Whimsical and full of intention, this is a very well-written story that anyone – even those who are not a fan of the genre – can think is enjoyable. True to the Regency genre, you can expect all the traditional clichés from it, but that makes part of the charm. A great read that maybe could be shortened a little if the story was a bit more focused, but it is highly enjoyable and entertaining.
Absolutely loved this book! I've always been a fan of this type of Regency romance story. Mistress Of Rye is such an amazing masterpiece about Lady Katherine's journey as she escapes to hide after believing that she had murdered someone in self-defense. The intrigue and romance brought by Regency romance novels are absolutely amazing so I really enjoyed reading how the Duke and Lady Katherine's relationship evolved and how they overcame the struggles and arising problems throughout the book. Will definitely reread this again soon!!!
Russ AnnAbsolutely lovely!
A regency romance full of mystery and courage, hidden secrets, mysterious encounters, dastardly villains and hopeless romantics. Lady Katherine is seeking to hide her identity after a vicious encounter with her stepbrother. She seeks the position as mistress for a reclusive Duke and soon the secrets begin to pile up around them both.
Recently diving into the regency world, I have to say I liked this book, the story was predictable in some spots, however, the relationship between Katherine and Duke Rye developed at a good pace and the tension between them and her secrets kept the story flowing smoothly. Very good book.
J ArmstrongRegency novel full of secrets
“Mistress of Rye,” by Emma Reid is a wonderfully well-written novel that truly has an intriguing plotline that is simply a cut-above-the-rest. I truly appreciated the classic writing style that really goes about setting the Napoleon-era tone that the setting of this novel is set in. Emma Reid’s characters are incredibly well-developed and this story simply keeps you engaged as it flows with such ease. If you are a fan of historical fiction and romance, this one will take you away and leave you breathless with every turn of the page.