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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Land Steward's Daughter is a work of fiction in the historical, romantic, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Becky Michaels. Written for adult reading audiences, the work does contain the use of explicit language and sexual situations appropriate to the genre. Our central protagonist is Elaina Walker, who feels an intense pressure to succumb to marriage, but has also been hanging onto hope for many years that her sweetheart will return from the war. When Will Winter sees Elaina again, all sense of what his father wants for him goes out of the window, but trying to make a match beneath his station proves difficult. So begins a passionate exploration of love during times of social mores and family ties.
Author Becky Michaels has crafted a highly engaging work of historical romance which will be sure to tick all the boxes for fans of the genre. The Regency period has much to offer its readers in terms of gossip, scandal, passion, and formality, and Michaels doesn’t miss a single opportunity to make life exciting and difficult for her central pairing. Beyond this, we also find a deep commitment to the character of Elaina, who is highly relatable in her emotions and strife despite the historical period. The language usage, dialogue, and descriptions also manage to balance the modern with the historical really well, so that one is never confused by the story, but still feels authentically immersed in the atmosphere. Overall, I would recommend The Land Steward's Daughter to Regency romance fans everywhere.