Thursday, July 2, 2020

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: The Sugar Baron's Ring by Lorri Dudley

About the Book

Book:  The Sugar Baron’s Ring
Author: Lorri Dudley
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2020

A ring is her only tie to a distant homeland, until a marooned Englishman anchors her heart.

Hannah Rose Barrington is the island misfit. Orphaned at a young age, Hannah struggles to provide for her future, while her guardian, a weak-hearted island drunk, bleeds Hannah of her father’s inheritance. Caught between the classes of elite planters and white beggars, Hannah yearns to find a place to belong.

University life has never been Bradlee Granville’s forte. His only hope to graduate is to impress his professors by documenting his travels. After claiming unforeseeable circumstances, he delays his final exams and sets out early on his Grand Tour. However, when his ship wrecks off the coast of the Leeward Islands, Bradlee is left without means to return to England, a mounting deadline, and ruined journals.

When Hannah rescues passengers from a ship breaking apart in the bay, she’s unexpectedly drawn to the witty charm of one of the men. Helping him settle into island life will be a pleasure. However, as creditors, like sharks, begin to circle and her guardian’s desperation becomes life threatening, Hannah finds herself in need of rescue. Will Bradlee look past her pitiful situation to see who she truly is—the sugar baron’s daughter?

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My Thoughts:

What another adventurous edition to the Leeward Islands series. I have been enjoying going to the Islands with this author's characters and her descriptions of the time and atmosphere of the island life has truly transported me to that different era.

This story is about Hannah Barrington who is essentially an orphan being raised by her so called uncle. Her father was a wealthy sugar baron but after her parents' deaths she was left in the care of her uncle who has squandered most of her inheritance. Her only recourse is to save enough money to try to get back to England and find her long lost relatives.

One fateful night she meets the hero of the story, Bradlee Granville, who is on a grand tour trying to graduate from university and still make his father proud. As a second son he has quite a lot to live up to when it comes to his father's expectations.

Hannah and Bradlee develop a close bond and become quite good friends, at first. Then the embers of love begin. But Bradlee is not free to marry Hannah and each try to prove their love by rescuing one another from the various trials they come against.

What I really enjoy about this series is that each book is very unpredictable and takes us on adventures, dangers, places, and mysteries become known and all is done with the backdrop of the islands or England. As a reader I do really become immersed in the telling of the tale.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

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

More from Lorri

The Sugar Baron’s Ring is the third book in the Leeward Island series. My heroine is caught between social classes as the daughter of a sugar baron and an impoverished white beggar since her guardian sold her inheritance to pay his debts. To generate the feeling of being a misfit, I delved back to those awkward years of middle and high school, where we often struggle to discover where we belong. Before my senior year, my family and I moved to New England for a job change. I’d had a great group of friends at my old school, but at my new school, I was a stranger—an outsider—trying to find acceptance, much like Hannah.

Bradlee, the hero, on the other hand, was fashioned in a completely different manner. At my house, the slang terms “bruh” and “noob” are tossed around by my three boys, along with constant fraternal teasing. A lot of their sarcastic wit and camaraderie are portrayed through Bradlee and his grand tour companion, Colin. Their light-hearted banter depicts the tight bonds of a deep relationship where faults may be mocked, but offenses are overlooked, and if ever in trouble, they have each other’s backs. Hannah is drawn to Bradlee, craving a similar connection but loses her heart to him in the process.

The first opening scene came about because my family loves Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. After binge-watching practically every episode, I knew my hero and heroine would meet under the duress of a shiny, steel-gray fin plowing through the water. (Queue the Jaws theme song.) However, our resourceful heroine contains the strength to rescue the hero as opposed to the other way around.

All these things, being a misfit, teasing, and shark attacks, playout in a grander scheme to show how God never leaves us nor forsakes us. He’s laying out the pieces of our happily-ever-after while developing our character and purpose. The Sugar Baron’s Ring demonstrates how God’s light shines bright even in the darkness.

To learn more, check out my website at or click here to watch The Sugar Baron’s Ring book trailer

Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, June 25
Rebecca Tews, June 26
Betti Mace, June 27
Remembrancy, June 27
Emily Yager, July 2
Artistic Nobody, July 5 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Hallie Reads, July 6


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.


  1. Thank you again for reviewing my books. I'm so glad you enjoyed "The Sugar Baron's Ring." I appreciate your thoughts and kind words and also for helping spread the word about my books. Blessings!

    1. My pleasure. I look forward to more of your stories.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Book looks good! Thanks for the chance to win!
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  3. Faith, thank you for checking out the blog tour and for your interest. Blessings!

  4. I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.

  5. Thank you for your wonderful review! You really grabbed my attention with..."unpredictable and takes us on adventures, dangers, places, and mysteries". I just love a book with lots of twists and suspense! Add to that that it's a Regency time period in the beautiful setting of the Leeward Islands and England...sounds like The Sugar Baron's Ring has it all! I can't wait to read it!!! Thanks for being a part of the CL launch tour!