Jerome Everard expected to inherit his wayward uncle's estate. Instead, all has gone to a secret daughter. Only by disproving his young cousin's claim can Jerome regain his rightful property. But instead, he finds himself drawn to her lovely governess, Adele Walcott-a woman who holds the key to all of his uncle's secrets. Adele's fortune is gone, along with her marriage prospects. Now she is devoted to securing her charge's happiness. When she meets Jerome, she dares to dream of love again. But after learning his true motives, that love comes to a test. Can she forgive his past and reform his heart... to make it hers forever?
Shocked to learn that their inheritance may be in question after their rakehell uncle dies in a duel, Jerome Everard and his brother and cousin head for Dallsten Manor in Cumberland to check out the supposed heiress and her governess. But Adele Dallsten Walcott and teenaged Samantha Everard are not at all the grasping opportunists the men expect-and what began as a quest to disprove a claim soon becomes far more complicated, dangerous, and romantic. VERDICT A memorable trio of dashing men, an admirable heroine, and a bright, spirited 16-year-old (who deserves a story of her own) are swept up in this intriguing Regency romance. Blessed with a puzzling mystery, good historical detail, and a sweet touch of faith, this title beautifully launches the series. A good choice for both Regency and historical inspirational collections. Scott (An Honorable Gentleman) lives in Kennewick, WA. This book marks the 15-year anniversary of the launch of the Love Inspired line (originally Steeple Hill) and contains a bonus novella by Marta Perry. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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February 01, 2012
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