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The Lost Lieutenant

(Serendipity & Secrets #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  607 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero—he only wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn't think saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a noble title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride
Paperback, 277 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Kregel Publications (first published April 2020)
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Michelle Griep
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Often I am asked to read advance copies and endorse. Which I love to do, mostly. Sometimes a story just doesn't resonate with me and then I'm stuck either writing some sort of lukewarm endorsement or flat-out lying. Neither of those is true with The Lost Lieutenant, because sweet pickled peppers, Batman, I freaking loved this book!

Let's talk a moment about the hero, Evan, shall we? Wait minute while I crank up the AC. Whewie. That man is steamy! Super protective. Caring. Yet with his own foibles
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Marriage of convenience is one of my favorite tropes because I love seeing the characters get to know each other in such close circumstances and overcome unique obstacles to become partners in heart. The themes of trust and integrity are explored here as secrets play a big part in the conflict and plot. Evan and Diana both have traumatic experiences they are dealing with- Evan from the war and Diana from her abusive father. I loved the way these two hurting people were able to come together and ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
Saving Prince Regent’s godson on the battle field, Evan Eldridge is knighted, given an estate, land and money. Duke’s daughter Diana Seaton is also selected by the Prince Regent to marry the new Earl of Whitelock, wildly against her father’s wishes. The married couple hides serious secrets, but is forced to trust each other when life threatening events occur.

The Lost Lieutenant is first installment in the new (Serendipity & Secrets) by Erica Vetsch which is set in London and Berkshire 1813. It’s
Courtney Clark
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lost Lieutenant is utterly romantic and original! While a Regency marriage of convenience might be a familiar trope combination, the vibrant characters are anything but predictable. This is the tale of an unlikely couple up against societal standards, a meddling Prince, the impact of the Napoleonic Wars, familial tyranny, and plenty of secrets.

Author Erica Vetsch’s inclusion of the Napoleonic wars through Evan’s veteran experience contrasts with his rise to privilege, ultimately offering a u
Rachel McMillan
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Two brilliantly developed characters forge a future together at the intersection of love and war in this compelling and immersive historical romance. Evan is everything a hero should be and Diana more than his match with spirit, courage and intelligence in her own right. Together they graft a world through secrets, espionage and unexpected acts of chivalry. Vetsch weaves a complex and deftly embroidered tale that offers a deeply compassionate look at the mental scars of war
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a new Regency book to add to my favorites list! The Lost Lieutenant was a fantastic read, which I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. It combined two of my favorite things…the Regency Era and a marriage of convenience.

I enjoyed the hint of intrigue that ran throughout the novel, as Evan struggled to regain his lost memories and recover from his battle injuries. But the best thing about this story for me was the way these two main characters were thrown together and ended up married,
Cara Putman
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really enjoyable read. When two strangers meet at the royal court, they have no idea how their lives are about to change. With a hero who is thrust into a new life when the prince makes him an earl, and a heroine who escapes a terrible situation by walking into the unknown. Add a baby who has to be protected and a setting that must be restored and you have a compelling story. The. Add intrigue and a touch of mystery, and this novel was designed to be inhaled. It has everything to make a regenc ...more
It has been so long since I have read a Regency and now I wonder why I have waited so long. This book was hard for me to put down. It was fun to read about the English ton and its customs along with bits about the military and the various settings made this story come to life for me.
When two strangers are thrown together in a marriage ordered by the Prince Regent to unite his goddaughter and a common military hero, there are a lot of unknowns that the two have to discover about each other as we
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Erica Vetsch book, but it won’t be my last. This book was so good! The storyline was was so original. I read most of this in one day! I was so wrapped up in this book that I didn’t want it to end! Now I am left sitting here trying to wait patiently for the next book. I highly recommend this book for Regency fans!

Susan Snodgrass
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'He was a fraud in a society of frauds.'

Erica Vetsch begins a new series with this book and it is absolutely exceptional! A most excellent Regency. Evan Eldridge has suddenly been conferred an earldom by the prince regent and must learn how to conduct himself properly in the ton. He's also been given a wife the prince regent and one just does not say no to the prince regent. Diana Seaton, daughter of the Duke of Seaton, is the one Evan must marry, but even though she jumps at the chance to leave
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve ready from Erica Vetsch, and I can honestly say that I’m eagerly anticipating reading more from her in the future! If ever there was a binge worthy book, this is it! Right from the very first chapter I was swept off my feet and into this exciting story.

Evan Eldridge is such a swoony hero! Beyond his own struggles, he valiantly fights to protect others. Yes, he makes mistakes, but he owns up to them. And while his past and where he comes from defines him in the eyes of
The Prince Regent was not exactly a man with whom I’d want to be friends. He was a womanizer, a glutton, a drunk, and a spendthrift. Had his marriage to a twice-widowed, Roman Catholic woman named Maria Fitzherbert been recognized, he would’ve been removed from the line of succession to the throne and the Regency era might’ve been vastly different. But I digress. What I’m trying to say is that the future George IV was not a popular person, and I wondered how he might be portrayed when I learned ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As crappy as 2020 has been so far, I can honestly say that is has been an incredible time for bookworms everywhere. I'm reading more than ever before and the stories have been top notch! The Lost Lieutenant is one of the best books I've read all year and Erica Vetsch is the best Christian regency author since Julie Klassen. The book has absolutely everything I love including a fabulous marriage of convenience plot and some royal intrigue that involves discovering an assassin and saving the Princ ...more
Sarah Monzon
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Regency romance that includes the Prince regents as a side character. I think that’s the first time I’ve actually seen him featured on the page. And boy did he have a hand in these characters lives— a bit like Pharoah to Joseph— land, wealth, and a wife! Loved watching how the hero grew into the responsibilities foisted upon him and how the two newlyweds went from strangers to partners. An enjoyable read!
Deana Dick
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to know that the author had a new book releasing. The story is set in Regency England where Lords, Dukes and such preside. The breathtaking details had me transported back in time as I witnessed the waltz and dresses flowing gracefully across the ballroom. Evan is quite the catch for some lucky woman. I must go back a bit and explain just who Evan is. The funny thing is Evan doesn’t remember much since his injury while serving his country. He somehow managed to save a noble’s life ...more
Paula Shreckhise
One of the best Regency books I have had the pleasure of reading.
Erica Vetsch plus Earls, Dukes, the Prince and a damsel in distress is a recipe for Regency Gold! This start to a new series is beyond impressive. She even writes her reprehensible villains with panache.
Evan Eldridge and Diana Seaton find themselves in daunting circumstances which are compounded by an edict to wed from Prinny himself: “You don’t say no to the Prince Regent.”
A grateful Prince bestows a title on Evan along with a ho
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Taking a chance on a new author, when your reading time is already preciously short, is always a bit of a risk. This is where the power of a recommendation from trusted sources come into play.

The Lost Lieutenant is quite frankly, a fresh, unique take on your typical Regency romance. I loved that this plot was new, and so well crafted - the characters were believable and genuine. As the story progressed, it was clear to me that this author has quite the talent for developing every aspect, keepin
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and JustRead Tours. These are my honest thoughts.

How do I even begin?

I was a little nervous going in to this one. See, I’d only read a couple of westerns by Mrs. Vetsch. Sometimes the quality of books, the attention to detail, lags a bit in the first book exploring a new genre for an author. Rest assured, my friends, that was not at all the case with this author. This Regency era novel perfectly captured the time period,
Robin Loves Reading
Whenever possible, I try and read connected books whenever I have a book review. Well, I have The Gentleman Spy for a blog tour, so I grabbed this book, The Lost Lieutenant, from my library. I am so glad I did! This book is the first of a Christian Fiction Romance for me. In all honesty, I accepted the second book for review based on the blurb, but had not noted the genre. As I was reading the book, I began to notice that God was mentioned often. Right away, that impressed me. However, t ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
"No French soldier, no cannon fire, no smoke or broken, bleeding bodies. He wasn't on the battlefield . . . He wasn't fighting for his life. He was in the hospital. Still."

Evan Eldridge is suffering from terrible wartime flashbacks, insufferable nightmares and has no recollection of the battle that could have easily ended his life, rather than his career; making him wonder if some will deem him insane. Instead, to his complete astonishment, Evan is recognized by the Prince Regent as a h
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The Lost Lieutenant" is a romance set in 1813 in England. Lieutenant Evan Eldridge saved a noble's life, but he can't remember exactly what happened due to a concussion. The Prince Regent makes him an Earl as a reward, but Evan wishes he could just go back to soldiering. He feels overwhelmed and that God must've made a mistake when allowing this to happen. Then the Prince further changes Evan's life by commanding him to marry Diana. She has an abusive father who uses her promise to take care of ...more
Vera Godley
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading The Lost Lieutenant so much. The characters were delightful and the author fleshed them out beautifully in word pictures you could see in your mind's eye. You could feel their emotions of fear, anxiety, or joy as the story unfolded.

The social mores of the time were well addressed in the narrative clearly defining the distinct clash between social standings based on wealth and rank.

I grieved for Diana for her dreadful life at home with her harsh, unloving father. I cheered on Ev
Gabrielle Meyer
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning stages, when Erica was brainstorming this story, I was eager to read it! I loved the story premise and the main characters. When it was finished, I was honored to be one of the early readers. I loved seeing these characters come to life! They are so well-crafted, I feel as if I know them personally. And the plot is not only intriguing, it’s so well-paced, I didn’t want to put it down. I’m really, really eager to read Marcus’s story next!!

With this stunning novel, Erica seamles
Jaime Jo Wright
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
"An enchanting tale, The Lost Lieutenant was quick to capture my heart and engage my hopes. A wounded hero meets heroine on the run is always a recipe for romance, and throw in a spy for good measure, and it's Erica Vetsch for the win! This is a regency read that will have all fans of that genre begging for more."

4 out of 5 stars for a definite shelf-keeper!
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Enjoyable Regency Romance. Initially, the long chapters were a distraction for me, but I soon became accustomed to them. The hero and heroine were equally lovely. I adored the way that Evan approached so many things from a military point of view. Hoping book two will be about Marcus.
Marguerite Gray
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What explosive characters! The secrets carry the unique characters through difficult passages to hopefully a reputable place. 1813 British society is rarely forgiving. I didn't want to put it down. I'm so glad there is a Book two! ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely enchanting original tale that will capture the heart of readers. The Lost Lieutenant is a splendid beginning to author Erica Vetsch new Serendipity & Secrets series. From the turn of page one, Vetsch will grab the attention of her readers with her intriguing story of a soldier and his coming into the title of an earl and his struggles with the aristocrats. This story brings to life what living with the scars of war looks like. It also has enough suspense to keep readers on their to ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an awesome book! Erica Vetsch is a new-to-me-author, but the description of this book intrigued me so much that I jumped at the chance to request a review copy!
I loved this book so much! As soon as I started reading I knew I'd love it, and love it I did!
Diana was a lovely heroine, I found myself relating to her sense of responsibility, devotion to those she loves, and penchant for list making! Another thing I loved about her was how down to earth she was, there were times that I actu
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Be still my Regency loving heart! Erica Vetsch brings to life everything I adore about reading books set in this time; dashing heroes, dainty ladies, the ton of London, elegant balls, impeccable manners, elegant speech, leisurely carriage rides and the like. I was wholly immersed in The Lost Lieutenant from page one.

I found Evan Eldridge to not only be a fine soldier, but a very reluctant Earl of Whitelock; a title foisted upon him by the Prince Regent for saving his godson in battle, and nob
Linda Klager
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought the title of this book was very appropriate. Evan Eldridge felt lost. Evan was the son of a preacher/teacher. Because of a very heroic act during war in Spain Evan was thrust into a different life as The Earl of Whitelock.

Meanwhile Diana Seaton's abusive father told her that she would marry a man of his choosing and she had no say in the matter. Diana was raising the son of her deceased sister and Diana's father was threatening to put the baby in an orphanage.

In enters The Prince of W
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Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, ...more

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