Genre: Regency Romance/Historical Fiction
Publisher: Orson Whitney Press
Published: February 26, 2015Book Summary (per Goodreads)
When Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor’s daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family’s governess—a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems.
His determination to solve the mystery of Miss Haverley begins to seriously undermine his interest in Miss Lindsay, who is confident he is about to offer for her. In the face of this, how can he pursue his interest in the family governess? Not only must he solve this dilemma, but he must discover what the petite woman is hiding.
When Miss Haverley begs him to resist satisfying his curiosity because such a course could bring her harm, his dilemma doubles. He is more determined than ever to rescue her from whatever demons she is trying to escape, for Miss Haverley alone seems to have the power to stir him to passion and hope for a new life.
Overall a good book. It was a quick and easy read with some light-hearted moments, difficult personal problems and family coming together to help one another. I thought the characters were nicely presented and realistic. My only problem with the book was that it seemed to not create enough of the environment to explain why the second son needed the money, why Miss Haverley needed to be incognito, etc. Due to this at times I felt that Lord John seemed to find marriage irrelevant/a nuisance, the Lindsey's seemed to blindly think someone was going to offer for marriage even though he had been at war for 4 years, and a few other misconceptions or lack of material that as the book concluded fixed themselves. I thought the ending was cute and was glad to see both main characters get their happy ending.
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