Romancing Daphne is the third story involving the Lancaster family. While it is not necessary to read them in order, the first and second books offer background and insight into the other characters. I appreciate that many of Eden’s books connect with each other-it’s fun to see how favorite characters’ stories evolve. One of my all-time favorite characters is Daphne’s brother-in-law, the Duke of Kielder. I love how protective he is of his family, and I always find myself laughing out loud over his wry comments.
To be honest, I didn’t like the cover of this book initially. It is completely different from Eden’s other works. But as I came to know Daphne better, I realized that the cover reflects her personality perfectly. We learn from the very first sentence of the book that she “stood hidden in the shadows”. As the third daughter, she often felt inferior to her older beautiful sisters, and so withdrew often into herself, and preferred to keep to the background. Her shyness made others feel a little “ill at ease”. But Daphne is an intelligent and compassionate person, who decides it is time to be more courageous in letting others know her true self.
Sarah Eden is a must read. She has such a gentle way of writing that transports the reader back to another time. Her characters are flawed with insecurities and weaknesses to overcome which makes them human. This book is no exception, and I liked seeing Daphne’s growth. She overcame conceptions about herself and gathered courage to open up her heart. This is a clean regency romance that anyone would enjoy.