I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Redeeming Lord Ryder is the third in Maggie Robinson’s Cotswold Confidential series. I have not read the others in this series but it can be read as a standalone.
Mary Nicola Mayfield is recovering from the trauma of surviving a horrific train wreck which has rendered her mute. After two months of treatment at Puddling-on-the-Wold, she has shown no improvement.
Lord Jack Ryder has checked himself into Puddling-on-the-Wold. He is battling guilt and depression following a faulty girder from his iron foundry causing a bridge collapse, leading to several people losing their lives. He is unable to adjust to the strict conditions imposed on him and finds himself drawn to his quiet neighbour.
This was an interesting read focusing on mental health in a historical setting. Anyone familiar with the history of mental health treatment is aware that this story is unrealistic for its time period. In fact, the treatments undertaken here are only now becoming the focus of mental health. Leaving all that aside, it is a great read about overcoming obstacles and learning to move on.
Both central characters are likeable people who are easy to relate to. The story develops at a nice pace and it’s easy to become engrossed in the lives of this quirky village’s inhabitants.