Can he awaken dreams she thought lost forever…?
Harriet, Lady Brierley, is a respectable widow, determined to keep the secrets of her broken heart deeply buried. But when Benedict Poole—the very man who deserted her—returns, Harriet’s safe world threatens to unravel.
Believing Harriet left him for a wealthy lord, Benedict must fight to uncover the true consequence and tragedy of their affair years before. But with his family’s name now synonymous with scandal, can he hope to win back the trust of the woman he has always loved?
It is true that if there is an overused theme in romances, it’s the Regency era book. However it is popular for a reason, and when I find an author who can write well (not in Disney princess style!), and have a fairly original plot, I am happy. I chose Janice Preston because her book sounded exactly like what I was looking for, and I was not disappointed.
Amazingly, there is obviously a HUGE backstory for our heroine, and yet I did not feel like I was missing out by not reading the earlier books in the series.
I liked this one for so many reasons. Perhaps my favourite thing was the way the Regency era’s manners were used so that secrets were kept. I hate when people write books set in this era but then ignore the social rules.
In this one our hero and heroine pretty much despise each other a bit because of a big secret neither knows the entire truth about, and yet because of the social rules they cannot discuss it. This is something that would not happen in contemporary fiction – I love books that could ONLY happen in a past time.
Another thing I really liked was that while there were a few not-so-likeable female characters, the author provided us with plenty of positive female relationships. Not so common in the romance genre!
There were a few things that troubled me.
As historically accurate as it was, I struggled with how much blame was placed (by the hero) on our heroine. She went through HELL, and yet – almost until the last page – our hero was willing to think the worst of her.
The other thing: the word “sexy” came into use more than a century after this book was set. It sounded terribly anachronistic when used in 1812!
However, I loved this book, and it was yet another example of why Mills and Boon/Harlequin generally has the strongest historical romance line out there. I definitely want to try the author’s other books now.