Tessa Dare's ‘A NIGHT TO SURRENDER’ is the first of the fabulous historical Spindle Cove series and is Susanna Finch and Victor Bramwell’s story. Susanna is the unconventional "spinster" mother hen of this village filled with other spinsters and healer of women, and Victor Bramwell (Bram) is a recently injured war hero.
Susanna's father is retired war hero whose main concern is making cannons for war. He manipulates Bram to make militia of the men in spindle cove. Through assembling the militia Bram an Susanna can't keep their hands to themselves.
The plot was engaging, the characters developed, and the dialogue witty. There are, of course, some rather silly shenanigans. What follows is a humour-filled story full of high jinks and romance. So while ‘A NIGHT TO SURRENDER ‘ is light-hearted in general, it does not mean that the hero and heroine are fluffy characters. They both come with a lot of baggage and it is wonderful to see them work through it all. Highly recommended.
There are so many witty moments in this first book in the Spindle Cove series. Noblewoman Susanna turns her village into a refuge for women who are ill or socially ostracised. The village becomes truly girly and has a tea room with tiny cakes in pastel colours. War hero Branwell is tasked with building a fighting force in the village. Naturally he butts heads with Susanna, sparks fly and so on.
The romance is sweet and sultry, the laughs are many and there are important life lessons to learn. It offers similar enjoyment to Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Cranford' written almost 200 years ago. But with steamy sex scenes. This is one of those books that deserves six stars. I highly recommend it.