The Shadow Earl

At the end of his Grand Tour, somewhere between Athens and Constantinople, Christian Selwyn, the young Earl of Hazelmere, vanished – seemingly without a trace.

Time passes.  In London, his uncle and cousin move into his home … while his unofficial fiancée, Sophia, is left desolate and in limbo.

Finally, his friends – loyal and close as brothers – set out to search in person, determined to find him and bring him home.

Christian’s startling re-appearance at a grand ball hosted by his uncle, takes society by storm and fuels endless speculation.

Where has he been during these three missing years? What happened to him?  And more importantly, how did it happen?

Only one thing is clear.

The earl who left England five years ago, has returned a changed man. A man with secrets.


Another fantastic novel by Stella Riley. A really interesting plot moving along at a good pace, a diverse cast of beautifully rounded characters and a poignant love story.

Stella Riley’s books are a delight to read. The attention to historical detail involved and the characters all work to deliver laughter, pain (emotional and physical), and mystery. The Shadow Earl is about true friendships and trust.

The Shadow Earl is a beautifully written delightful romance but covering dark issues of the era most writers avoid. Stella Riley’s characters are, as ever, delightfully believable, authentic and historically accurate. She writes with the sparkling wit of Austen and Heyer and research par excellence.

A fabulous page turner! This is a story of betrayal and love, of friendship and enmity, of heartbreaking sadness in parts but heartwarming happiness in others, it’s a tale of trauma, but also of healing. Filled with interesting well written characters, and a truly satisfying revenge plot, I loved The Shadow Earl from start to finish!

“ … a book full of wonderful characters, an intriguing and exciting plot and writing in a style that was a delight. It is the best tale of revenge I have read since The Count of Monte Cristo.

I can’t say how wonderful it is to have an author who writes so well and so accurately of the period. Her Civil War books saw me through a stint in hospital and the Rockcliffe Series have been so engaging to read. As a lover of Georgette Heyer, many authors have the tag line ‘just like ‘ but very, very few live up to the original storylines or characterisation. This author does and greater praise I can give no one.

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