The Earl and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect to like it because it’s a romance, and I’m not a romance sort of woman. The genre generally doesn’t give its characters and plots enough substance for my tastes, but that’s exactly how The Earl and the Enchantress differs. It features characters who exhibit traits and emotions that go above and beyond passion.
The novel is Golden’s debut work, but is intended to be book one in the Enchantress series. Five other novels are planned. A second series – the three-book Sirens series – also is in the works.
Background on the Novel
It’s 1790 England, and Hazel is trying to marry off her two nieces. Lizbeth Trethow doesn’t want to be married like other women in her social class, including her sister Charlotte. Lizbeth has seen how a marriage of convenience or status damages a woman’s soul. She refuses to be anyone’s property and will only marry for love. As she’s in her mid-20s and has yet to meet a man she even would considering marrying, Lizbeth plans a life of spinsterhood and considers taking a job.