My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a historical romance that is well written. It has the loveliness of the eighteen hundreds, with the dress, the mannerisms and those lovely balls. When Oliver York, Earl of Carlisle comes back from the war he comes back with his wounded and broken friends and to find his father has unexpectedly died. He died in a manner that caused many rumors among the Ton. He also died with some unexpected surprises for his son the heir.
When Oliver goes to his first ball after his return, he is attracted to the wallflower that seems to not quite fit in with the others. When he learns that she is pretty much shunned due to her American accent and her merchant grandparents, Oliver still makes his presence know to her. He is immediately put in his place with her words. He is a little startled at her open and honest response to his questions.
Grace Halton has come from America with a plan in mind and that plan is the only thing she can think of. She can’t be bothered with good looking Earl’s that she can’t stop thinking about. She can’t be bothered with an Earl that might have financial problems and she certainly can’t be interested in an Earl that she just might be developing feelings for. Nope, she has a plan and she intends on carrying the plan through.
She also has horrible relatives that make life in England terrible for her. The Grandmother is constantly making accusations and snide remarks to her that are meant to hurt. She needs to get back to her mother who is sick and needing medical care in America.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the clever words and actions of the gentleman Earl, Oliver. He was so lovable. I really liked how he dealt with people and how he was always willing to help out, even when it is not appreciated or wanted. He is such a giving person.
Grace is also a sweet and loving woman. She has her head and heart set on helping her mother and so her actions are forgivable because she is making these decisions out of love. I can telly you it becomes hard knowing what she plans to do.
Erica Ridley has written about the Dukes of War before and the first book that I read by her was equally as likable. This is the second in the series and it is another 5 star read for me. It can be read as a stand alone. The series is about men returning home from the Napoleonic war.
I personally like how she doesn’t make the heroine snarky just to have her be snarky. I like how her characters have heart, both male and female.
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