An Unexpected Gift by Katherine Grey

An Unexpected GiftTitle: An Unexpected Gift
Author: Katherine Grey
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Review Copy


Known only as Lazarus to the band of cutthroats and thieves he leads, William Prescott will do anything to find his missing sister, even blackmail a fragile young woman into helping him. But he never plans to fall in love with this mysterious woman with a troubled past.

Haunted by the memories of war, Olivia St. Germaine wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But when her brother, a doctor, suddenly leaves town without a word, she is forced to use her medical knowledge to help an injured man who puts her life in danger. Can she keep herself safe as she tends Lazarus, or is her heart more vulnerable than she realizes?

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My Thoughts
The heart wants what the heart wants.

The Setting of this of this story is in historic England which this author beautifully described. I really liked her writing and how realistic it was. The era it was set in also brought about numerous problems for our heroine being a 24 year old unmarried woman. It helped to keep the suspense too since I was always wondering what may befall her, especially since her brother left and she was left to fend for herself with an unknown man. 

I really liked Olivia and respected how much courage it must have taken to be on your own back then. She was definitely no wilting violet, which is what I liked most about her. She could hold her own against William and that made for some interesting scenes in the book.  

William is a bit overbearing sometimes, but I admire is determination. He is not necessarily a bad man in this story even though he is forced to do some underhanded things to find his loved ones. I can’t fault him for that since I would do whatever I could to save my loved ones. He has a kind heart and is honorable.  His relationship with Olivia starts out a bit rocky under the circumstances, but I enjoyed seeing there interactions with one another and that it was not just insta love between them. 

I also liked that there was plenty of action to keep me in suspense about how things would turn out. This was an exciting romance that I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend!


  1. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for the wonderful review. I have to admit William (Lazarus) is very close to my heart. He lived with me for a couple of years before I wrote his and Olivia's story. I'm so glad you enjoyed their story as much as I did writing it.

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