Color of Darkness
by Ruth J. Hartman
published by esKape
Why read? Review
Like the title suggest, the next installment of Ruth J. Hartman's The Sullyard Sisters trilogy, Color of Darkness, takes a very dark turn. That is not to say that it does not have a likeable characters and sweet romance that Hartman is known for, but the setting is definitely a departure from her usual.
Lydia Sullyard has a crush on her sister's husband's rakish cousin, Stratford Bexley. She thinks she has kept her feelings hidden, but her younger sister, Patience, has figured it out, as has the ruthless Miss Queensbury who is determined to marry a Bexley. To remove what she perceives as an obstacle, Miss Queensbury has Lydia committed to Bedlam. Little does Miss Queensbury know that she is actually pushing Lydia right into Stratford's arms. However, can Stratford save Lydia without giving into Miss Queensbury's outrageous demands?
Color of Darkness is definitely darker than the rest of Ruth J. Hartman's works, but it is very compelling. The one thing I wish, and was hoping for throughout the book, was that Stratford's problem that he confided only to Lydia would be the solution to the Miss Queensbury predicament. Even though I was wrong in this, I still very much enjoyed this novel about the middle Sullyard sister and look forward to what is in store for Patience in the last installment of the trilogy.