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Surrender of Trust (Surrender #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Lucy Goodwin knows more about horse breeding than a proper young lady should. Her brother’s thoroughbred business has given her purpose and independence, but when an accident leaves her solely in charge, despair and destruction threaten her every move. Trapped in an impossible position, Lucy must do the right thing and watch their dreams crumble, or save their livelihood a ...more
Paperback, 2nd edition, 229 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 16th 1)
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Surrender of Trust is book one in the "Surrender" series by Mariel Grey.
I thought this was a really sweet, easy, heartfelt read that once you started it was hard to put down.
Lucy Goodwin lost her father about 10 months ago and it became just her and her brother. Lucy brother was a horse jockey that had built up a great reputation. He had worked hard to make sure that everything kept running after their father died. Now Lucy finds that her brother has been badly injured in a carriage accident.
Jul 01, 2013 Fran rated it really liked it
Surrender of Trust: Mariel Grey

Many different worlds collide within the pages of this novel as we meet Lucy Goodwin at the start of the story visiting her good friend Lady Monique. Women are taught to sew, embroider run a house and have children but Lucy Goodwin was independent, strong minded and strong willed and refused to lose what some might way her individuality or her own identity. But, Lucy’s world is about to come crashing down on her when her brother Lucien is seriously injured in a coa
May 08, 2016 AnnMarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surrender of Trust is the first book in the 'Surrender' series by Mariel Grey.

The story is about Lucy Godwin. She likes her independence and is quite content with not marrying. Her life revolves around horses and her family's thoroughbred breeding business. Ten months ago her father died, and her brother took on the business, but things get really tough for Lucy when her brother has an accident which leaves him unconscious and puts him close to death. Not only is she distraught at the thought of
Blue Falcon
Feb 15, 2014 Blue Falcon rated it really liked it
This is a review of "Surrender of Trust", a book I won a review copy of from a website (not Goodreads.)

The particulars: While at her friend Lady Monique Glenhurst's home, the heroine of the book, Lucy Goodwin, meets Lord Philip Lyton, Marquis of Chalifour, and hereafter referred to as Chalifour. They are immediately attracted to each other. Chalifour is planning to go into business with Lucy's twin brother, Lucien, in the Goodwin family's horse breeding business.

Things aren't all good for the Go
D. Domain
Jun 10, 2016 D. Domain rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My Impressions: Lucy’s got a bit of sass that I love in a historical heroine…And Chalifour is the master of the double entendre…*eye brow arch*. His innuendos were very well-timed and amusing. Thus, I immediately liked the pairing.

The Romance: There is a nice development to the initial spark of chemistry between the central couple. They have things in common which make their connection logical and believable. And their first kiss was smoking…so yeah, the romance definitely works.

Minor Beefs: Aga
Feb 09, 2016 Emily rated it liked it
I'm not even sure how to really rate this book. It's a (supposed) regency romance with a splash of horses thrown in to appeal to the grown up Saddle Club readers that are now lurking around. There was nothing awful about this book, but I find myself hesitant to say that it was necessarily... good.

The characters all felt like cardboard cutouts of people from a Jane Austen fanfiction, which isn't bad (she says, having read way too much Jane Austen fanfiction) but they all felt stiff and like they
Jun 17, 2016 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
Surrender of Trust #1 in the exciting new "Surrender" Series by Mariel Grey.
Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour, a member a prestigious horse racing club, the Jockey Club. His main goal is to eliminate horse cheating, and learn who is behind the accident that stole his partner's life. Enter, his partner's sister, Lucy Goodwin, who loves horse breeding, and anything to do with horses. When her brother suffers a horrific accident, she must take over, her brother's thoroughbred business. She,
Janet Coulter
May 31, 2013 Janet Coulter rated it it was amazing
Surrender Of Trust
By Mariel Grey
If you buy only one book a year then, I highly recommend getting this one. The author has knocked the ball right out of the park on her first try at bat.
The story is very well researched. I was impressed with her accuracy of the Arabian bloodlines, which I personally know myself, and put together in a very satisfying, neatly wrapped package.
I do not agree with the one star reviews that are posted. If you do not care for this type of book then why do you buy them?
Shelly's Book Corner
Nov 15, 2016 Shelly's Book Corner rated it really liked it
Shelves: lourdes-reviews
When Lucy Goodwin’s brother has an accident and the doctor can’t tell whether or not he’ll survive, she finds herself in a very difficult position. Their horse breeding business is bound to suffer as she can’t legally access the funds to keep it running and to make things worse a peer shows up demanding payment of an outrageous sum on a debt completely unknown to her and which, if not paid in due time, will ruin their family’s good name.
That’s when the Marquess of Chalifour, member of the Jockey
Jan 09, 2017 Michele rated it it was amazing
Good deeds never go unpunished as Lucy Goodwin finds out! All she is trying to do is save her family from ruin from an unscrupulous peer of the realm. He is threatening her brother who has just been in a very bad accident!! Then there is the Marquess of Chalifour who was in the midst of negotiations with her brother and had only to sign the contract-------Who in the world could poor Lucy trust? She decides to do the unthinkable and prays she does not get caught!! Just remember that women has no ...more
Julie Baswell
Dec 27, 2016 Julie Baswell rated it really liked it
Lucy Goodwin was still mourning her father’s death when her brother Lucien becomes involved in a carriage accident. While it’s not clear if Lucien will recover, Lucy must keep the extent of his injuries a secret, to assure their horse breeding business continues operations as normal. But when the Viscount of Perdan arrives demanding a debt be paid, and then the Marquess of Chalifour also shows up to finalize buying into their breeding business, Lucy is stunned, having no prior knowledge of eithe ...more
Jessica Hoopingarner
Nov 14, 2016 Jessica Hoopingarner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I really enjoyed this book. I was lucky enough to win it in a goodreads giveaway. Since finishing this book I have purchased the author's second book and joined the email list. I want to know when there is something new.

This book is everything I want in a romance novel. Old times, horse and coaches, evil viscounts, passion, horse racing and twins that appear to get themselves in trouble sometimes.

I was sucked into this story immediately and had to finish it before going to bed. I just had to k
Jan 22, 2017 Shelly rated it really liked it
For the time period, Lucy Goodwin could be defined as a rebel. She breaks all of the rules of what a lady is expected to be...and then some! After her brother is injured, Lucy takes on a lot of responsibility and she's willing to do whatever it takes to make sure her family survives. As she quickly realizes, people are quick to want to help but she's not sure who she can trust. Too many people have ill intentions but will she put her pride aside to trust in those who are true? Can she be trusted ...more
Nov 23, 2015 F. rated it it was amazing
I received a copy for an honest review. This was an interesting story about 2 siblings who are involved in the horse breeding/racing business. When her brother, Lucien, has an accident, his sister steps in to try to salvage the family business. However, considering the era when women couldn't make business decisions or handle money per se, she tries to help as best as she can until her brother recovers. What ensues is an engaging story of how the more she tries to help, the more convoluted thing ...more
Geneva Handleman
Jun 20, 2016 Geneva Handleman rated it it was amazing
Awesome!! A fantastically written historical romance. I love the authors use of period appropriate slang words and phrases! The female characters in this story are much more believable than in a great many other historical romances. Not that I don't enjoy a completely inappropriate woman as the heroine, but the truth is, these women are playing by some strict rules and still managing to get into trouble!!

As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, this writer and her heroines get
May 31, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
WOW! Great summer read!!! Lucy is amazing and her story will pull you in within the first few pages. She is a strong woman who does what it takes to keep what is left of her family in tact. Chalifour, on the other hand, will keep you reading long into the night when your poor eyes want nothing more than to rest. I was very impressed with Mariel Grey's writing style and flow of the book. Not at all what I expected from a first time author. She is now of my list of favorite authors! I can't wait t ...more
Corinne Rodrigues
A good summer read – sweet, easy and with a little suspense and a good flow. The book gave me an insight into the world of horse racing in the past.Lucy’s strong character scored high with me, especially since with her profession of sorts making her ahead of her times. I also enjoyed watching the relationship between Phillip and Lucy grow gradually from a spark into trust and love.

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Joy Johnson
Feb 25, 2016 Joy Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: LibraryThing
I stayed up til 4 AM reading this book! All in one day. At first, I didn't expect much from a "mini" story of about 200 pages. I thought, that like others, it would be too short, "not enough meat" as I call it and rushing, ended too quickly and left reader unsatisfied. Not this! Mariel Grey did a great job in making this into a nice historical romance, and a promising series.
Feb 10, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it
This is not what the others are saying! I really enjoyed this book but had a couple of confusing parts. Might of been me.
Worth the money to purchase
I received this book for leaving an honest review
Jul 18, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Great summer romance read. If you are a fan of traditional romance then you will like this book.
May 29, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed reading Lucy and lord Philip/Chalifor book. I can't to read another Mariel Grey Book.
Vânia Nunes
May 26, 2013 Vânia Nunes rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Vânia by: BookTour
Raised in a family famous for having the best breeding racehorses, Lucy Goodwin runs into trouble when, after an accident suffered by her brother that left him unconscious, she makes a series of decisions that could put her in jail.
First, she discovers that her brother, the famous jockey Lucien Goodwin, owes a high sum to a peer. Then, her brother was to complete a business transaction with Marquess of Chalifour that could make them ear a lot of money, but her brother was not able to sign the co
Connie Fischer
May 21, 2013 Connie Fischer rated it really liked it
London - 1803

Miss Lucy Godwin has been caught crying at the home of her friend, Monique, by the Marquess of Chalifour. A very eligible bachelor, he is a friend of Monique’s brother. Chalifour asks his friend, the Duke of Glenhurst, about Lucy. It seems that Lucy’s father has recently passed away leaving her bereft. Lucy’s twin brother, Lucien, is a jockey and her father was a very talented horse breeder.

Lucien is injured in a carriage accident and is unconscious for some time. Not knowing how lo
May 30, 2013 Niffer rated it did not like it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I wanted to like this book. I really did. I had a couple of emails from the author after I received it, I liked the description about the book, I'm always a fan of a well written romance, I'm a horse person and love stories with horses as part of the plotline....and yet I just couldn't like this book. I couldn't identify with the characters. I felt like the plot was trite and silly. While it seemed like the author did research some of th
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Jun 23, 2016 Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?) rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

Lucy is strong, loyal, and stubborn. So, she's doing what she has to to keep her family's name from being raked over the coals. Chalifour has goals to make and keep Thoroughbred racing an honest sport. There were a couple frustrating moments where things could have easily been fixed. I kept yelling at Lucy to just tell Chali what was going on already!! I enjoyed them quite a bit though, and their story was entertaining. Their interactions fluctuated between te
Apr 10, 2016 iamjenai rated it liked it
Lucy's story just didn't work for me. Having read and loved (!) Monique's story (book 2), I expected this to be in that level. Although I found this book enjoyable, I didn't get past the 3rd quarter of the story (with a little skimming). The plot moves too slow for me. The writing felt historical, but the way the characters are described or played, too modern. I found Lucy and Chalifour as two playing young teens as opposed to how I felt in book 2. Overall, I would rate this as an okay read.
Apr 24, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
This was just an ok read for me. It might appeal to someone else though. I just felt like the story jumped around a little and writer seemed side tracked in areas.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review via LibraryThing.
May 30, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I did not like this book. It was predictable and had a love scene that was to graphic for my taste. This was a give away on first reads.
Jann rated it it was amazing
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From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn't happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse ra ...more
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