Surrender of Trust

Surrender of Trust

by Mariel Grey

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Surrender of Trust by Mariel Grey

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 at a cost too great to bear.

Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour is a member of the prestigious Jockey Club, dedicated to eliminating cheating in horse racing. Trouble raises its ugly head when his business partner falls foul of an accident and he’s suddenly forced to deal with the man’s sister, who seems alarmingly out of her depth. Chalifour respects Lucy’s steely resolve, but knows that single-mindedness can be the most dangerous trait of all.

She might be beautiful and beguiling, but Lucy Goodwin is keeping secrets and Chalifour is determined to find out what they are.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044430785
Publisher: Mariel Grey
Publication date: 04/06/2013
Series: Surrender
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 395 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, released January 2016, introduced the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit. Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home. Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as a mischievous cat (who seems happy to play the role of villain). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the American Romance Writers Association, and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter. Visit Mariel at her website at

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Surrender of Trust 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
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 after she deceives and dives into the darkest places to ensure her family's future? You'll have to read to find out! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
CinnamonHollow More than 1 year ago
Surrender of Trust is a great weekend read. There is no foul language and, while implied, no overtly sexual scenes. There is kissing and intimacy but nothing vulgar. I love that I can read the book, at home, without feeling like I need to hide pages from little eyes peeking over my shoulder. This is a story about a woman who needs to learn to put her trust in others, more than in just herself. Lord Chalifour and Lucy have great chemistry that doesn't feel forced, although their first romantic encounter seemed to sort of happen out of nowhere, in my opinion. There wasn't much engagement between them before it all took place. Character-wise, I immediately imagined what it would be like to be friends with both of them as well as Monique and Elizabeth. Lucy is very gun-ho and gets herself into more trouble by not fully trusting those around her. I enjoyed reading a story that showcased friendships (old and new) that were lasting. Not many stories have characters that stick together. But this does. So, for me, the romantic scenes happened a bit too quickly and I felt like Perdan maybe would have caused more touble, but the rest of the story flowed and wrapped up pretty nicely. While this is a stand alone book, I'm eager to read the rest in this series! I hope this isn't the end of the story for "Chali" and Lucy. I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun historical romance to read! Lucy Goodwin is a spunky, slightly improper young lady whose family isn't part of the nobility. When her brother is gravely injured in a carriage accident and a member of the upper class threatens her and brother's reputation, Lucy must protect him and their family. But while trying to protect their family, Lucy continues to collide with Chalifour, and her deception keeps running deeper. This was a wonderful, sweet romance. However, I absolutely adore the historical pieces of the story. I love reading about their lives and how the houses were run. Mrs. Grey makes the story come alive in your hands! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
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 rights during this period of history--not even over themselves. Will the Marguess be able to get Lucy to trust him--Will he be able to help her--will her brother ever forgive her (much less the rest of the ton for a stunt she almost got away with!) You will just have to read this book for the answers to all those questions--you didn't really think I would give it away did you?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surrender Series: Surrender of Trust Written By: Mariel Grey I typically don’t read historic novels, however, this series caught my attention. This series by Mariel Grey is set in the Georgian era, a time of horse drawn carts, men and women in society and where manners and being proper was expected. In Volume I, Lucy and Chalifour discover that love does exist in a world where people marry each other based on their station in life. Lucy and her twin brother Lucien were all each other had in the world. Their mother had left when they were little and their father, a horse breeder, recently passed away. Lucien had taken over the family business and Lucy helped as much as she could. When Lucien gets in an accident that almost takes his life, Lucy has to ward off a blackmailer, and keep a deal going with the Marquess of Chalifour. Lucy had no information on the deal that Lucien was making with Chalifour except from what she read on the contract. Not knowing if it was a good deal or not, she signed as her brother since he was unconscious. This was illegal and risky. With the blackmail hanging over her head and the deal with Chalifour, Lucy had to confide in someone. That someone was her best friend, Lady Monique. The two women solve problems as they arise until they couldn’t any more. Lucy confides in Chalifour, whom by this time has fallen in love with her. Lucy never intended to marry, but after meeting and falling in love with Chalifour, she found that marriage to her Marquess was not only the right move, but one that would make her happy for the rest of their lives. If you like a great love story, try out Surrender of Trust by Mariel Grey. It will give you hope for a lifetime love, regardless of the obstacles involved.
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
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 either events. How far will she have to go to protect her brother? I loved Lucy’s spunk. It seemed trouble followed her everywhere. I’m so glad I didn’t live during those times. Like Lucy, I would be wanting my independence. I would love to read further just to see how much more she can get into. Chali definitely has his hands full with her.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
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 tense, steamy, and humorous. Plus, I loved their love of the horses! Surrender of Trust by Mariel Grey was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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, along with Philip are determined to learn the truth behind the accident, which leads them into danger, chaos and deception. Steady paced, well written tale of destruction, secrets, greed, passion, love and romance. Can Lucy and Philip finally surrender to trust, give over to their surrender and find their HEA? Horse racing, secrets, trust, danger and romance makes for an entertaining Regency Historical Romance. Ms. Grey has written a tale, that shows her research and knowledge of horse racing, breeding, twins, and horse cheating, which brings forth throughout "Surrender of Trust". I enjoyed watching the relationship, tenderness, trust and love shine with Lucy and Philip. I look forward to reading the next installment in this entertaining series. It is sure to prove well worth the effort. An enjoyable and satisfying read! Another powerful read! Fans of Regency horse racing, the unusual closeness of twins and a great Romantic tale, are sure to enjoy "Surrender of Trust". Received for an honest review from Net Galley. Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 long he will be like that or if he will even recover, the breeding farm business falls into Lucy’s lap. Lord Chalifour had a meeting set up with Lucien about purchasing an interest in the business. At the same time, the Viscount of Perdan visits Lucy claiming that her brother owes him a large debt of 6,000 quid and now the man is trying to seduce Lucy as payment for the debt. How could her brother have such a debt? Knowing she could serve time in prison for forging her brother’s signature to a cheque to pay on the debt to Viscount Perdan and sign the partnership with Lord Chalifour, she feels she has no other choice. She does not want anyone to know that her brother is so gravely ill. Until he regains consciousness, she must make the decisions herself. When Lucy and Chalifour end up sharing a night of passion, he is surprised that she turns down his marriage proposal. She cannot confess to him about the forgeries and the trust of her brother’s condition. Will her decisions bring about serious problems and prison time for her or could there ever be a future for Lucy and Chalifour? This is a well written novel with suspense and romance. I hope readers will enjoy it as much as I did. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Surrender of Trust (Surrender Series Book 1) is a romance story set in the Regency period of the early 1800s where woman were the gentle sex and men protected them. Lucy Goodwin is forced to change the standards when her brother Lucien is injured and lying unconscious after a terrible carriage accident. Lucy needs to save both her brother’s reputation and the family’s thoroughbred horse racing business and she will do whatever it takes. Lord Perdan is the evil villain causing all of the problems by blackmailing Lucien for cheating. Lord Chalifour is the hero who falls in love with Lucy and is willing to do whatever it takes to return honor to the Goodwin family, and become a partner in their business. Lucy desperately wants to handle the situation on her own, even if it means signing illegal papers and offering herself to a man she cannot stand, but she quickly realizes it is more than she is capable of and turns to her friends for help. The result is dependent on the outcome of one night and it will change life for everyone. Surrender of Trust has adventure, excitement, romance and intrigue from page one until the very end of the story. Mariel Grey has created characters that you will quickly learn to love or hate. I found myself staying up late into the night to see what Lucy would do next and was never disappointed. Surrender of Trust is a well told historical book and perfect for fans of the Regency era; as well as those who enjoy a good horse breeding and racing story. I look forward to reading more in this series and would love to see it become a Hallmark TV continuing story as well.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite In Surrender of Trust, a Regency era romance by Mariel Grey, Lucy Goodwin is an avid horse enthusiast, who perhaps knows more about horse breeding than is proper for a lady of her time. With no interest in marriage, Lucy is content to help her brother, an up and coming jockey, build his thoroughbred business. But when an accident leaves her brother insensible, Lucy must take on the reins of the business. However, their business will be ruined if anyone finds out that she's the one making the decisions. When she discovers that their family owes debts to a foul character, Lucy must do everything she can to save their livelihood. Her new business partner, Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour, who is dedicated to ending the cheating that has overtaken the sport, is starting to notice something amiss, especially when Lucy appears so out of her depth. But despite her burgeoning feelings for Lord Chalifour, a man so vigorously against fraud, how can Lucy possibly tell him the truth of her situation? Surrender of Trust by Mariel Grey is an entertaining romance, with an independent and relatable main character, and an honorable hero. There's definitely quite a bit of spice between the two characters in spite of the time period, and I really enjoyed reading the ways in which Lucy attempted to solve the dire situation. Surrender of Trust by Mariel Grey is the first book in the Surrender series, but it can easily be read as a standalone. Fans of Regency romance will enjoy this.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Raised by just her father and brother, Lucy Goodwin grew up to be an independent spirit with little regard for some of the etiquette society expected of a young lady. But nothing in life had prepared her for the responsibilities she was now facing. Barely recovered from the pain of her father's death, Lucy's world is once again ripped apart when her brother suffers a near fatal accident, leaving her no choice but to take charge. With her brother bedridden, she has to manage all their affairs including their family business, putting their reputation and livelihood in her hands. Running the family business would especially be challenging since not many of their business partners would want to deal with a woman. She soon finds herself thrown into the deep end in sensitive and unclear business transactions her now unconscious brother had set in motion; one with the sleazy Lord Perdon and another with the alluring Marquess of Chalifour. Between keeping the secret of her brother's condition and holding things together, she is in way over her head. The more she tries to find solutions, the deeper she digs herself into a hole of deception and chaos. Should she come clean and risk losing everything or should she go through with her plans anyway, integrity be damned? Surrender of Trust (Surrender Series Book 1) by Mariel Grey is an absolute masterpiece of a story that sets the standards in what is no doubt going to be a winning Historical Romance series. The language, style, and setting give the story an authenticity in the intended era, combining vibrant and engaging characters and accurate yet effortless depictions of the ways and values of the time to carry your mind back to early 18th century England in this thrilling tale of chaos, deception, and romance. The descriptive writing style and character development are simply ingenious. From the very start, I knew I was in for a historical romance treat and Mariel Grey did not disappoint. Surrender of Trust is by far one of the best novels I have read in the genre.
dotland101 More than 1 year ago
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.