What book lover hasn’t pictured herself as one of the heroines she’s read about? Read a mystery and think herself as canny as an inspector? Compared a man to one she’s seen on page? Miss Mary Channing has done all of that. But she hasn’t done much living in the real world. It’s easier to live vicariously through characters she meets on the page. A visit to her sister in London, though, is about to change everything. [Read more…]
Lucy has never really fit in with her family’s plans for her. She is more comfortable wearing trousers in her greenhouse than wearing dresses and going to balls. She doesn’t want the suitors who she feels would only marry her for her dowry and her standing. But no one understands –and she fears no one ever will– until one day a surprise package arrives from her late aunt.
Lucy barely remembers her Aunt E, but suddenly she learns that her aunt has left her the cottage where she lived and the diaries she kept for decades. Now Lucy has an alternative to the future she has been dreading. Except that her father has tried to sell her new home to some marquess for a paltry sum. Surely, he thought, she would have no use for the rundown property. He thought wrong. Lucy embarks on a secret mission to see the old place for herself, only she doesn’t make the journey alone: Lord Thomas isn’t quite willing to give up his quest to buy her property. [Read more…]
I generally enjoy historicals where the hero is of lower station than the heroine. Often there is some delicious angst involved with the forbidden nature of the romance and the hero’s concerns that he isn’t good enough for his lady love. This story doesn’t exactly take that approach, but I ended up liking it, despite a heroine who was something of an acquired taste. [Read more…]