Fortune Favors the Sparrow ~ Review

Fortune Favors the Sparrow
Agents of the Convent #1
By Rebecca Connolly

Clara Harlow's life is dedicated to her students and her fellow teachers at Miss Masters Finishing School. But her skills as an artist and her command of the French language are about to introduce her to a side of the school she never imagined existing. All too soon she finds herself assuming the identity of the late Duke of Kirklin's ward to gain access to his estate in Kent and puts her artistic skills to work. She never expected to meet the new Duke of Kirklin...

George (Hawk) Russell is bored with the life of a duke. His late uncle's estates all but run themselves, leaving him with nothing to occupy his time. Worse than living a boring life, Hawk finds that he bores himself. But what's a Duke to do? Why break the rules of convention, of course. As Hawk begins the annual tour of his estates he never expected to find a most captivating young lady residing within the walls of Kirkleigh. And soon he finds himself reluctant to out of Clara's presence. Her company has brought something into his life and he doesn't want to give it up.

But when Hawk learns of her deception will their connection be severed? Or will she just disappear when her mission is completed, leaving him with a broken heart?

This book continues with the plot uncovered in To Sketch a Sphinx and the effort to thwart the overthrow of the English government by those with French sympathies. This is the first book in Rebecca Connolly's new series Agents of the Convent, and fans of her previous works will not be disappointed. This Regency Era book can be read as a standalone if you have not read the author's previous series as it features, for the most part, characters new to this world.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion if I choose. All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:

Mischief is as mischief does...

Clara Harlow is perfectly content with her life as a teacher of art and French at the Miss Masters Finishing School, so nothing startles her more than to discover that the school is far more than it seems, and its purposes more complicated than anything she could have imagined. She finds herself accepting an assignment from the highest powers in England to use her talents for a particular mission: to impersonate the ward of the late Duke of Kirklin, gain access to the estate, and to discern how a strip of the Kent coastline there is being used against the security of England.

The present Duke of Kirklin, George Russell, better known as Hawk, does not know what to make of the appearance of the former ward of his late uncle, but he is captivated by her. Her skills in art are unlike anything he has ever seen, and her company grows more agreeable with every passing day. His boring, bachelor life grows less and less appealing, and the company within his walls more perfectly suited for the place than he ever dreamed.

What could possibly go wrong?

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