Color of Darkness

Ruth J. Hartman
Color of Darkness
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esKape Press
Release Date
February 2016
Book 2 of The Sullyard Sisters
Historical Romance

Lydia Sullyard is not insane. Truly she's not. To her horror, she's trapped inside Bedlam Hospital against her will. There's only one way for her to gain her freedom, but the consequences are unthinkable.

Stratford Bexley agrees to visit Lydia in Bedlam. But the thought of stepping into London's cesspool makes him want to change his mind. And what it will take for her to be released would alter Stratford's life forever.

Is Lydia's love strong enough to rescue Stratford from certain ruin, or will he save her life instead?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
May 19, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
154 people found the following review helpful
Mistaken as a rival for a handsome rake's attention, Lydia Sullyard gets thrown into the infamous Bedlam. There, among mental patients and abusive guards, she has only her art for comfort.

Ruth Hartman tells Lydia's story in COLOR OF DARKNESS, a follow-up to Color of Deception. This particular story highlights the many indignities of being falsely imprisoned.

When Stratford visits Lydia at the request of his cousin, it starts a chain of interactions. Ultimately, Lydia learns a great secret about him that pulls them closer together.

What struck me about the story is how well the author described Bedlam during this time period. Lydia has a beautiful heart in spite of the challenges, making her a remarkable character. Although the story initially introduced Stratford as somewhat of a rake, it soon became apparent there was more to his personality.

With bits of humor woven throughout the storyline, the author creates a sweet romance filled with drama and intrigue.
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