Monday, March 18, 2019

Book Review: Finding Lord Farlisle by Cassandra Dean

Finding Lord Farlisle by Cassandra Dean is a passionate and touching story of past friends reuniting after years apart.

Lord Maxim Farlisle was shipwrecked and presumed dead more than a decade ago. Many of his memories lost, he always recalled a girl with golden hair. As his memories returned, he made his way back to his childhood home to find Waithe Hall shut and deserted.

Lady Alexandra Torrence mourned the loss of her childhood friend Maxim, but her fascination with spirits leads her back to Waithe Hall to investigate mysterious activities seen by the villagers. Long since shuttered, she is surprised to discover a ghost of a different kind...Maxim in the flesh.

Both scared by their time apart, they begin to reconnect and fill in the years that they lost, realizing that all along, they have only wanted to be together.

What a fascinating novella. Dean writes an intriguing story of two people unexpectedly brought back together again. The characters are well-developed considering the short length, and you can't help but root for them to find a way of getting beyond those miserable years where Maxim was assumed dead; when he struggled with finding his way in a world where he didn't belong, with many of his memories gone.

Alexandra is likable from the start. You admire her spunk and her uniqueness. She brings out something in Maxim he thought lost. She makes him see his truth worth.

Absolutely love how the author worked Maxim's disability into the story line and kept it real.

I'm eager to see what the next book is all about.


It was eleven years ago. The pain had faded, but had never truly left. Alexandra had thought
she’d learned to live with it. But now…now Maxim was here?

A thunderous scowl on his face, he made a noise of impatience. “I do not have the inclination for this, girl. Tell me why you have come.”

His voice crashed over her. That, too, had deepened with age, but it was him. It was him.

“It is you.” Joy filled her, so big it felt her skin couldn’t contain it. Throwing herself at him, she enveloped him in a hug.

He stiffened.

Embarrassment coursed through her. What was she thinking? Immediately, she untangled herself from him. “I beg your pardon,” she stammered. Always before they’d been exuberant in their affections. They’d always found ways to touch one another, even though that last summer, the one before he’d gone away, she’d begun to feel...more....

Clasping her hands before her, she brought herself to the present. Much had changed, now they were grown and he, apparently, had not died.

Maxim had not died.

A wave of emotion swept her, a mix of relief, joy, incredulity…. It buckled her knees and burned her eyes. He was alive. Maxim was alive.




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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Hello! Thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Always fun reading about another book to enjoy.

Cassandra Dean said...

Thank you for hosting me and Finding Lord Farlisle, and I'm so pleased you enjoyed Alexandra and Maxim's story.

Bernie Wallace said...

How many books have you had published? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. So happy to see you.

Cassandra Dean said...

Hi Bernie
I've had over ten books published and a number of short stories. You can find a comprehensive list on my website ->
Thank you for your question.

Bernie Wallace said...

What book would you most compare this book to? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Edgar Gerik said...


Bernie Wallace said...

Did you help design the cover? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Cassandra Dean said...

Hi Bernie
I was inspired by Anna Campbell when writing Finding Lord Farlisle so I'd say her work is the most like this book. As for the cover, I designed it.
Thabks you for your questions.