Review – The Indebted Earl – historical fiction

About the book:

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

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My Review

Vetsch, Erica. The Indebted Earl. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2021.

Historical fiction that talks about a segment of history of which I have little knowledge is my favorite kind of historical fiction. Erica Vetsch has taken the smuggling that occurred outside of England in the early 1800’s and crafted an engaging plot. Readers will enjoy the relationship between Sophia and the Captain as it takes some twists and turns toward a satisfying ending. The caring heart of both Sophia and the Captain is evident in their caring for others (an elderly woman and three orphan girls) and each other. The strong spirit is evident in their ability to do what needs doing in any situation. 

The book is well-written, but had no author’s note or historical note. References to actual history always help to authenticate historical fiction – and are essential in my opinion. The Indebted Earl appears to be a stand alone novel, but I would enjoy reading more about these characters.

The Indebted Earl is an adult historical romance. I think that middle schoolers and up who enjoy romance will enjoy The Indebted Earl.I received a complimentary copy of The Indebted Earl. This is my honest review.

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About the author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.  

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. 

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England. 
Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor), Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).


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