About the Book
Devil’s Daughterby Lisa Kleypas
SeriesThe Ravenels meet The Wallflowers
February 19, 2019
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Finally! OK, fair warning and for starters: Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and her Wallflowers series and Ravenels series are two of my favorites of her works. So this coming together of two of my favorite series, and then West, my favorite side character from The Ravenels, meeting up with Pheobe, the daughter of my favorite couple from The Wallflowers, is just SO MUCH SQUEE. ♥ Swoon.
The lines at the outer corners of his eyes deepened with amusement. “If the hero hasn’t turned up, you may have to settle for the villain.”
“If the villain’s the one who turns up, he is the hero.”
I mean, how are you not going to swoon at that? West is so thoroughly convinced he’s the bad guy because of his past (which if you’ve read any romances, historical or otherwise, is a pretty common trope). And while it’s true that he did do some pretty crappy things in his past, he’s also living his redemption story, which shows on every page in his interactions with the farmers he deals with, with his family, and with Phoebe and her sons. As a mom as two small boys myself, it just KILLS me the way West is with her boys – he clearly loves them a lot, which makes West pretty impossible not to love, completely and utterly. And I super love when Phoebe’s father steps in, because he’s basically shaking his head like “Oh kid, you have no idea…” Like, I want to give West a copy of Devil in Winter so he can read about Phoebe’s dad, and then maybe he wouldn’t worry quite so much, haha.
Phoebe is also a really amazing woman. She gives her heart fully to her first husband, Henry, knowing that he is ill and that their life together will be difficult and likely all too brief. I love that she married her childhood sweetheart and first love and that they have all these stories and history together, but now that he’s gone and she’s out of mourning she basically needs to find herself again as her own person.
There’s a little bit of an enemies to lovers flair to her relationship with West because of West’s past with Henry, which I really adore – especially when the story behind the book comes out (and that’s all I’ll say about that, because I don’t want to spoil anything!) As charming and wonderful as the blooming romance and growing friendship between Phoebe and West is, Devil’s Daughter is as much about the growth of West and Phoebe as individuals and them learning to love and trust themselves as it is about them learning to love and trust each other.
This is the fifth book in The Ravenels series, and while it can be read as a stand alone there are a LOT of characters from both The Ravenels andThe Wallflowers coming together in this one. There are also some spoilers for The Ravenels book 4, Hello Stranger, so watch out for those!