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Making History At Crofton Hall | Rebecca Cohen

Modern Crofton #2

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Release Date: February 24th, 2022

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Blurb

Crofton Hall is buzzing with anticipation for the filming of the Secret Histories TV special about a scandalous affair that has been hidden for over four hundred years.

The hall’s new historian, Dara Callaghan, is drawn not just by the hall’s rich history but to TV producer, Nathan Lorimer. Nathan is finally ready to start dating again, several years after the death of his husband. There’s something about Dara, a quietly spoken Irishman, and the romance that surrounds Crofton Hall, that makes him want to take a chance.

Meanwhile, Ben Redbourn, 16th Earl of Crofton, is trying to persuade his boyfriend Ashley Niven that he’d like to don doublet and hose and play Sebastian to his Anthony. But Ashley’s not having any of it… until someone else agrees to the take the part of the 1st Earl of Crofton’s lover.

*This is the second Modern Crofton novel, featuring Benjamin Redbourn, the 16th Earl of Crofton and descendant of Anthony Redbourn, 1st Earl of Crofton from my historical series, The Crofton Chronicles. While designed to be read as a standalone, events that lead to this novel follow chronologically from Saving Crofton Hall.

Trigger warnings: discussion of grief and dealing with bereavement

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Modern Crofton #1

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About The Author

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REBECCA COHEN spends her days dreaming of a living in a Tudor manor house, or a Georgian mansion. Alas, the closest she comes to this is through her characters in her historical romance novels.

She also dreams of intergalactic adventures and fantasy realms, but because she’s not yet got her space or dimensional travel plans finalised, she lives happily in leafy Hertfordshire, England, with her husband and young son. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and sloe gin with lemon tonic in the other.

With contemporaries, historicals, sci fi and fantasy in her back catalogue, there should be something for every taste in Rebecca’s work.

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Another wonderful visit to Crofton Hall and her inhabitants

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I love it when Rebecca mixes up her Crofton series by writing a modern couple but with links back to the Elizabethan/Stuart era 1st Earl Anthony and his actor lover Sebastian.

This one follows on from the first Modern Crofton in so much as it mentions the events of that book and then takes a new journey into the past as a historical documentary series comes to film at Crofton Hall and investigate the historical letters found hidden in the wall.

The main couple here are Dara, the historian that the 16th Earl Ben hires to document all the historical artefacts and papers, and Nathan, the producer of the TV show filming at the Hall but we still get to catch up with Ben and his estate manager lover Ashley.

What I liked the best about this romance is that there’s very little drama, it’s a sweet slow burn as Nathan is a widower of only four years, his husband dying only a year after they’d got married. Dara’s also been burned by unfeeling older academic boyfriends who’ve never put him first.

While it does work as a standalone, I think much greater enjoyment is gained if you’ve also read the historical trilogy The Crofton Chronicles as it’s a bit like an “inside joke” feeling when you already know what the historians are going to discover.

There’s some humour, some good conversation and, thankfully, very little in the way of misunderstanding or miscommunication, and there’s some really lovely historical romantic touches which Nathan uses to show Dara how he feels.

Overall, this is a smashing second entry in the contemporary Crofton series.

NOTE: As ever, I beta read for Rebecca.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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