If you’ve read The Viscount and the Vixen, you know how this story is going to end. And if you haven’t, you really need to, because without it, you’ll miss the perspective that is part of what makes this so compelling. It’s a love story that you know ends in tragedy… at least in a way. But what a lovely story it is. One that made me cry buckets for the last 10 minutes.
This is a prequel to the Hellions of Havisham trilogy and tells the story of how the Marquess of Marsden meets the love of his life. We know him as an old man, driven mad by the loss of his wife in the other books, but here we see George as realizes his feelings for Linnie, the baker’s daughter, and struggles with the seeming impossibility of them being together.
I loved how these two nurtured their bond as they grew up childhood friends. I loved how they loved each other even though a future was forbidden. Each stolen moment was precious. And I had so many feels when they finally bucked convention and chose a life with each other.
The final few chapters take us through heartbreak, but the end is bittersweet. Big kudos to Lorraine Heath for taking me on such an emotional journey in such a short time.
I would definitely recommend this one, but only if you’ve read the book before it and only if you’ve got a box of Kleenex handy. You’re going to need it.
*ARC provided by publisher
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When the Marquess Falls
by Lorraine Heath
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Avon Impulse