Monday, April 25, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Marquis's Pursuit by Lorri Dudley

Book: The Marquis’s Pursuit

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: April 12, 2022

She’s desperate to keep her secret hidden, but he’s a determined Marquis.

As the son of a duke, Maxwell Oliver Weld, Marquis of Daventry, is allowed entry into the finest of London’s ballrooms, access to political figures, and advice from the best physicians. Yet, his wealth and contacts won’t heal his friend, Charlie, who’s dying from consumption. Hopeful for a miracle, Max persuades Charlie to sail across the Atlantic to stay in the Artesian Hotel on the island of Nevis and bathe in its famous healing springs. Max’s optimism is washed in doubt as the truth unravels about the hotel, its hot springs, and the beautiful caretaker.

The blaze of Evelyn Mairi Sheraton’s fiery side has long since been snuffed out. Hunted by a vengeful man from her past, only fortitude and the island’s sanctuary have kept Evelyn alive. She will do whatever it takes to keep her precious secret safe, even work for the demeaning Artesian Hotel owner, Edward Rousseau. However, when a jaunty marquis and his ailing friend arrive, sparks ignite, but Evelyn fears the revealing of her secrets will burn her to ash.

The elusive Evelyn may tend to Charlie’s well-being, but she stirs Max’s protective nature. He’d like nothing more than to remove her from the wretched employment of Edward Rousseau, yet that might endanger Charlie’s health even more. Refusing to give up on a miracle, Max waters her guarded heart, certain beauty will rise out of ashes. But when her secrets come to life, will love be worth the price?


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Christian Historical Romance has become one of my favorite Genres to read. The Marquis's Pursuit by Lorri Dudley is Book 5 in The Leewards Island Series. I have read a couple of the books in this series and as I continue reading out of order, I want to go back and read the entire series! They are great as Stand Alone books, but they are so intriguing that I want to read them in order! 

Maxwell Oliver Weld has "clout" and knows a lot of High Class people. He will do anything to help his friend Charlie who is dying. He realizes his local Contacts cannot help Charlie, so he wants to take Charlie across the Atlantic Ocean to some well known "Healing Springs" on the Island of Nevis. Evelyn Mairi Sheraton has been at the Island for a while, seeking refuge and sanctuary from a vengeful Ex-Boyfriend. Maxwell and Charlie make their way to the Artesian Hotel and Maxwell is very encouraged to get there and help his friend heal. Within a few days of arriving he learns that the Hotel, The Hot Springs and Evelyn are not all that was promised. Evelyn knows the truth behind the "Healing Springs" but she is afraid to speak up because of her evil boss, Edward Rousseau, who owns the Hotel and Springs. Evelyn and Maxwell find themselves taking a liking to one another. Maxwell wants the best of both worlds, healing for his friend Charlie and to have a relationship with Evelyn. Will Evelyn reveal the truth about the Hotel and Healing Springs? Will there be a romance for Maxwell and Evelyn? Will Charlie be healed? 

WOW, this book is definitely a page turner! I was hooked from the very first page. The characters truly and the authors writing style make the book a very interesting read. I truly LOVE the Determination of Maxwell to help his friend Charlie. I also love the fact that he realizes that Wealth and Clout don't always buy happiness or healing. Evelyn has a fear because of her past and is willing to do anything to have a safe santuary. I admire her for her sensitivity to all the clients who come to the Healing Springs. The Twists and Tursn in this book really kept me intrigued and I didn't put the book down until I was down reading! The book is not predictable and I totally LOVE that! Although this book 5 in the series, it reads GREAT as a standalone book! FANTASTIC BOOK!!

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at


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Some characters whisper to an author from the recesses of their imagination. For me, Maxell Weld, the Marquis of Daventry, commanded to have his story told. Max appears in my first book, The Duke’s Refuge, as a sure-of-himself, fixated-on-fishing, eight-year-old son of the island schoolmaster who happened to be a Duke in hiding. Now Max is grown, and although he still holds the same quirky characteristics of his youth, he bears the weight of being a marquis and the responsibility of adulthood.

The duty to care for and protect those he loves prompts Max to return to the Leeward Islands to save his closest mate, Charlie. He’s confident that God, with a bit of help from the famous healing springs in Nevis, will save Max’s life. However, Charlie has his own plans to unite the caring but secretive hotel caretaker, Evelyn Sheraton, with his buddy Max.

In the middle of writing, The Marquis’s Pursuit, my cousin passed away suddenly. He was newly married, in his early thirties, and in the process of renovating a house when he became sick. He started losing weight, and before doctors could figure out what was wrong, he went into organ failure and died. My heart still aches for those he left behind, especially his wife and my aunt and uncle.

As I wrote, the lines between fiction and reality blurred, and it’s hard to believe my tears didn’t fry out my laptop as I typed. But I’m grateful for how God used Max’s journey to help me to process why bad things happen, and how ultimately, God has a bigger plan that, at times, we can’t see or fathom.

God doesn’t always work in straight lines. Sometimes we must battle problems and issues to touch as many people as possible on our journey toward heaven. Stories, especially romances in my opinion, broaden our understanding of how those we love comfort and carry us through illness, pain, and sorrow.  Max and Evelyn reminded me to stay anchored to those we love, lean on each other’s faith, and most importantly, that love conquers all.

To learn more, check out my website at, or watch The Marquis’s Pursuit book trailer by clicking here: The Marquis’s Pursuit Trailer.

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To celebrate her tour, Lorri is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

The Marquis's Pursuit sounds like a must read for me and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review! Have a spectacular week!

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

You wrote a great review, the book sounds so good

Lorri Dudley said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, thank you for the incredible review. I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed The Marquis's Pursuit and other books in the Leeward Island Series. I'm so grateful for you hosting my books on your blog.
Blessings to you and your boys!
Lorri Dudley

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your awesome review of The Marquis’s Pursuit, this sounds like a wonderful story and I am looking forward to reading it myself

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed this review, and I'm quite excited about reading The Marquis’s Pursuit.

Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Kendra, Thank you for sharing your excellent review!

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