"Wonderfully Crafted... Highly recommended...
By Detra Fitch
Huntress Book Reviews
George Pembroke, Lord Sedgewick, lost his beloved wife, Dianna, as
she gave birth to his son and heir, Sam. Blaming the son, George did his
best to ignore him. Yet he still adored his two-year-old daughter,
TWO YEARS PASSED.
Miss Sally Spenser had loved George half her life. Even though he
married lovely Dianna and never even glanced at plain her, Sally still
adored Sam and Georgette. Being the best friend of Glee (George's
sister), Sally knew the children very well and visited them almost
daily. Georgette was now four and seemed to have unlimited energy. Sam
was now two and though intelligent, he did not speak as yet and was shy.
Glee and Felicity, his sisters, explained to George that enough was
enough! Even though George vowed never to love another and remain true
to Dianna, it was time to cease his self-destructive ways and think
about the children who needed a mother figure in their lives. When
George found out that Sally visited the nursery often and the children
loved her more than ANYBODY, he offered Sally a marriage in name only.
Of course Sally was shocked, but jumped at the chance to marry the man
she loved. Even better, she would become the mother of the children she
so adored. Sally and George knew that they would clash, and often. Sally
always blurted out whatever she was thinking and had an opinion on
everything. (And it galled George that Sally was always logical ó and
right.) But her level head was just what he and the children needed.
Sally was determined to help George and Sam become closer, help bring
the estate back up to par.
***** Wonderfully crafted and a few sub-plots to keep the story moving
along at a good pace. I never got bored with this story! There is even a
wonderful villainess that you can not help but hate, which shows the
true talent of the author! Not many authors can make a reader hate the
bad guy. Highly recommended! *****
"Bolen's writing... creates
the perfect atmosphere for her enchanting romances."
By Kathe Robin
Romantic Times BOOKClub
Itís been two years since the beloved wife of George
Pembroke, Lord Sedgewick, died giving birth to his son. He has barely
looked at his son since then and has buried himself in what his sisters,
Felicity and Glee, feel is a useless life.
When Gleeís friend, the vicarís daughter Sally Spencer, comes
for a visit, Glee decides she is the ideal governess for Georgeís son
and his older sister. Sally is kind, caring and adores the children. She
also hides a secret crush on George that developed when she and Glee
George realizes that Sally would be wonderful for the children,
and when he protects her from a vicious womanís barbs and sly
innuendoes, he realizes he must marry Sally to preserve her reputation.
But there is only one master bedroom in the small townhouse. How can
they share a bed and not realize they are falling in love?
This is a sweet, charming love story peopled with delightful
characters. The addition of a ruthless villainess supplies a satisfying
conflict for the newlyweds to resolve. Bolenís writing has a certain
elegance that lends itself to the era and creates the perfect atmosphere
for her enchanting romance.
does a wonderful job building simmering sexual tension"
avoid betrothal to an old man she doesn't love, Sally Spenser decides to
become a schoolteacher. Meanwhile, George Pembroke, Viscount Sedgewick,
has struggled for two years with the loss of his wife, Dianna, and
emotionally neglected his young children, Georgette and Sam. Finally his
sister, and Sally's friend, Glee, persuades George that the children
need a governess, and George realizes that Sally, who already knows and
adores his children, would be perfect for the job. The only problem is
that to respectably secure her services, George will need to propose to
Sally, and Sally, who has been secretly in love with George for years,
isn't sure that marriage, even one in name only, with George would be
wise. Bolen brings in a few characters from her previous Brides of Bath
books in her latest historical Regency and does a wonderful job building
simmering sexual tension between her opinionated, outspoken heroine and
deliciously tortured, conflicted hero, whose new marriage is threatened
by a devious, jealous villain.