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Will The Lost Lieutenant find his way?

Do You Know Anyone Who Isn’t Ready for a Getaway?
Erica Vetsch’s new series transports readers to Regency England

About the book
 Grand Rapids, MI — Who doesn’t need to be swept away to another place and time every now
and then? After all, there’s never a bad time for a good story. For readers ready to take a trip back
to early nineteenth-century England, The Lost Lieutenant (Kregel Publications/April 21, 2020/
ISBN: 9780825446177/$15.99) by Erica Vetsch is a perfect means of transport.
Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero–he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn’t think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.
 
Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn’t have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there’s something he can’t quite remember. It’s important, dangerous–and if he doesn’t recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone’s very life.
 
Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.

Read an excerpt from Kregel by clicking here!
He’s doing what he can to save the Prince Regent’s life . . . but can he save his new marriage as well?
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 www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Twitter (@EricaVetsch)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

While Vetsch is well-known for her many historical books set in the American West, The Lost Lieutenant is her first venture into Regency fiction. For readers who may be new to the genre and unfamiliar with the historical term, the Regency covers the time period of 1811–1820 in England when the Prince of Wales stepped in as a substitute monarch (Prince Regent) for King George III, who was deemed unfit to rule. “If there is one thing my family and friends know about me, it is that I always want to be learning and researching new
historical topics. I was having difficulty coming up with something fresh and interesting, where I could really dive into the research,” Vetsch confesses. “I had been reading quite a bit of Regency, thanks to some recommendations from an author friend, and the more I read, the more I realized I didn’t know many specifics about the era. Suddenly, there were so many avenues to explore, like the aristocracy, the clothing, the amusements, the Napoleonic Wars, and much more! My imagination sparked, and I was hooked!” She hopes readers will be too. Christian fiction fans can be assured they will find elements of faith in the story as well. Along with the characters, they will see that God doesn’t make mistakes, He is sovereign, and He is good. “I love that through the power of story, God can use what we
write and reach the people He wants to reach and teach them what He has for them,” shares Vetsch. “Just as every reader brings their own imagination to a story when they read it, so too they bring their faith, their history, their experiences into the
spiritual thread of the story. They start from where they currently are in their faith journey, and through the power of story, they can grow that faith and maturity through exploring the spiritual arcs of the characters.”
The Lost Lieutenant is a story of falling in love while learning to trust. Trust God. Trust your heart. Trust your spouse. Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with
suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith. The second installment of the Serendipity & Secrets series, The Gentleman Spy, releases on July 28, 2020, to be followed by The Indebted Earl in 2021.

Advance Praise
“An enchanting tale, The Lost Lieutenant was quick to capture my heart and engage my hopes. A wounded hero meeting a
heroine on the run is always a perfect recipe for romance; throw in a spy for good measure, and you’ve got a winner from Erica
Vetsch! This is a Regency novel that will have fans begging for more.”
~ Jaime Jo Wright, Christy Award winner of The House on Foster Hill


“Original, engaging, and oh so romantic, The Lost Lieutenant is a delightful tale sure to satisfy Regency fans and inspirational
readers alike. Evan, a battle-scarred war hero, earns his place alongside the leading men of Austen and Heyer, and Diana is a
heroine you’ll relate to and root for as she falls in love with her unintended earl. Rich historical details, authentic faith
elements, and a dash of intrigue combine in this winning first installment of the Serendipity & Secrets series, certain to gain a
permanent place on your shelf . . . and in your heart.”
~ Amanda Barratt, author of My Dearest Dietrich

Book Review:

Erica Vetsch writes Regency with her usual style of deeply developed characters, thrilling story line, and settings I wish I could visit.

Evan and Diana found themselves in what looked to be an impossible situation. Perhaps, given time, they would have ended up on the same path, but neither had time to give. Some plans are bigger than our plans. Like it or not, you just have to go with what’s laid before you.

I love all the little things Erica Vetsch puts in her books. Her descriptions never grow tedious, and they’re never lacking. She gives details I never knew I wanted to hear until I read it. Cherubs on the chandelier. Never would have imagined it, and now I can’t see White Haven without them.

There was a moment when I saw a situation developing and as I read, I couldn’t wait to see how she would resolve the issue. Because I know her writing, I felt confident she wouldn’t let Evan and Diana fall into miscommunication and judgement to the point everything fell apart. And I was right. I love how everything shot out and spread wide into the far corners of the book, then she brought each wayward strand back into a tight knot.

The final conflict and resolution had me in torment. I wanted so much to reach the end, but there is no rushing a great book, and that’s exactly what The Lost Lieutenant is.

I requested a copy of this book from Read with Audra. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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