Review 2038: The Last Protector

It’s 1668. When James Marwood’s boss Williamson sends him to secretly observe a duel between the Duke of Buckingham and Lord Shrewsbury, James is alarmed. He has already come to the attention of the powerful Duke, and not in a good way. He has to do what Williamson asks, but he is observed and must flee for his life.

Cat Lovett has come to regret her marriage to the elderly Mr. Hakesby. As he has become less able, he has begun demeaning her and making demands of her. What she believed would be a marriage of just companionship has turned out not to be so, and she finds it distasteful.

When an old friend, Elizabeth Cromwell, the daughter of the last Protector, Richard, claims her acquaintance and behaves as if they were closer than they were, Cat eventually recognizes she is using her to get the plans for a building called the Cockpit from her husband. She also realizes that Richard Cromwell, who is supposed to be banished to Europe, is in the country. The Cromwells want the Hakesbys’ help to regain a personal possession, they say, but Cat thinks Hakesby is foolishly getting embroiled in treason.

The Last Protector is another fine entry in the James Marwood/Cat Lovett series set during the Restoration. It combines political intrigue with suspense in a realistic seeming historical setting.

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4 thoughts on “Review 2038: The Last Protector

  1. Helen October 3, 2022 / 2:34 pm

    I enjoyed this one too. I’m up to date with this series now and looking forward to the next book coming next year!

    • whatmeread October 3, 2022 / 3:13 pm

      I think I have one more to go before I’m caught up, The Royal Secret.

  2. Marg November 12, 2022 / 4:14 am

    I do enjoy reading Restoration books, but it has been a long time between reads for me!

    Thanks for sharing your review with the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

    • whatmeread November 12, 2022 / 12:42 pm

      This is a series you might like, set during the Restoration.

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