Spotlight on Jennifer Delamere and…

A Lady Most Lovely

[Book 2 of Love's Grace Series]

ALML JD

BOOK BLURB: Socialite Margaret Vaughn is the wealthiest heiress in London-or so everybody thinks. Saddled with debt left by her father, she agrees to marry a rich man who can save her family’s estate. But when her fiancé turns out to be just another poor social climber, Margaret faces financial ruin-and social humiliation. Just when she thinks all is lost, she finds an unlikely angel in Tom Poole . . .

After amassing a fortune in the gold fields of Australia and surviving a harrowing shipwreck, Tom Poole is the toast of London society. Yet despite his newfound fame, he’s never forgotten his own humble beginnings. When he learns of Margaret’s plight, he offers her financial assistance-but his interest is not strictly business. Taken with her beauty and grace, the rugged adventurer wants nothing more than to win Margaret’s heart. But can he convince the proper, refined lady that, despite their social differences, they are a match made in heaven?

REVIEW: Margaret Vaughn is a lovely woman known in the social circles of London to be a very wealthy heiress.  Privately, she is not what she seems as she is heavily in debt from her late father’s reckless gambling and spending.  She has accepted a marriage proposal from the dashing and handsome Paul Denault and is hoping that his wealth will help her pay off her debts.  She soon learns that Paul is not the wealthy man he claimed to be but a man looking for someone to marry to pay off his own debts.

Tom Poole is new to London having recently arrived from Australia.  While there, he became very wealthy from his finds in the gold fields.  A self-made man who came from a lower social class, he prides himself on knowing how hard it is to work and make your own money and to remember that others are not as well off as he became.

When Tom meets Margaret at a social event, he is drawn to her beauty and grace.  Tom, unaware of her debts, steps in to woo Margaret after she and Paul call off their engagement.  

Having been burned by Paul’s deception, she is skeptical as she is unsure of whether Tom is truly drawn to her and not to her supposed wealth.

When Margaret meets the members of Tom’s family and sees the loving closeness of them all, she finds a unity she has not known.  However, scandal lurks and threatens Tom’s family.  He will do whatever he can to protect them.

I so enjoyed the family closeness and Christian ways expressed in this story.  This is the second novel of Jennifer Delamere.  Her first was “An Heiress at Heart” which I enjoyed immensely.  I look forward to more great reading from this talented author.

Connie for b2b

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An Heiress at Heart

[Book 1 of Love's Grace Series]

HAH JD

BOOK BLURB: A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .

A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?

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MINI REVIEW: Lizzie Poole is a young woman born on the other side of the sheets.  She is fascinated by a man named Freddie with whom she runs away to experience a life of fun.

After much abuse from him, she flees and ends up in Australia where she meets a young couple who had fled there to experience another kind of life. Lizzie becomes instant friends with Edward and Ria. Lizzie and Ria look so much alike that they could be twins. Edward is killed during a robbery and Ria also knows she is dying and asks Lizzie to return to England and take over her identity. Lizzie does just that and finds herself constantly challenged to be the woman she truly isn’t.

Slowly, she finds herself falling in love with Geoffrey, the new Lord Somerville. But then, Freddie reappears and knowing her secret identity, tries to expose her. 

This was a well-written novel and the first one by Jennifer Delamere.  I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more from her.

Connie for b2b

*Book provided by my local library.

MY REVIEW: here.

Jennifer DelamereAUTHOR BIO: Jennifer Delamere has traveled widely both as a child and an adult, and remains of the firm opinion that just about anyplace is worth visiting if you’ve never been there before. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she also gained her fluency in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports.

She’s been an editor of educational materials for over a decade. An avid reader of both classic novels and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books.

‘Heiress at Heart’ by Jennifer Delamere

BOOK BLURB: A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .

A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?

EXCERPT:

In no time, James and Lucinda were ensconced in a discussion that Lizzie found impossible to follow. It seemed to baffle Geoffrey as well, and he gave Lizzie a bemused smile.

“How naughty of James to waylay Miss Cardington’s interest from you,” Lizzie whispered.

Geoffrey nodded. “We are left on our own, it seems.”

He looked more than a little pleased at this prospect, however, and Lizzie took a sip of lemonade to hide the burst of pleasure this gave her. “I am glad you will be coming to Grandmamma’s dinner party. I have missed—” She pulled up short. “That is, I shall look forward to seeing you again.”

“Have you missed me? I am sorry I have not been able to call. I have a clerk who has been helping me organize my business affairs, and unfortunately he seems to have overestimated the actual number of hours in a day.”

His manner softened as he said this, the hard control she’d seen earlier easing up a bit. Lizzie took a moment to savor looking at him, to drink in the joy of being here with him, one of the few precious moments she was storing away for a much more sorrowful day.

“May I surmise that you were not offended by the things I asked you—about my brothers, I mean?”

“No,” she said. “I wanted to share those things with you. However, later I became worried that perhaps they had stirred up unhappy memories—”

“Quite the contrary,” he interrupted. “They helped me very much.”

Their conversation seemed like nothing on the surface, within earshot of James and Lucinda. But Lizzie knew the current running beneath their words was deeper than anyone else could imagine.

Geoffrey took her hand. “I think, I hope, we are friends still, Ria.”

Friends. Given who she was, both in her real and pretended identities, she could expect nothing more. Something in her heart twisted and tumbled, knowing even this would not last. “I—yes, of course we are friends.” She licked her suddenly dry lips and tried again. “I am honored.”

Geoffrey sent a quick glance to James and Lucinda, but they were still deep in discussion. He opened his mouth to speak, but whatever he had been about to say was preempted by the arrival of Lord and Lady Cardington.

“There you are,” Lady Cardington boomed. “We have been looking for you this half hour or more.” She fanned herself. “The crowds! I did not think there were this many people in all of London.”

Geoffrey offered his hand to Lizzie. “Until next week, then.”

Lizzie nodded, trying not to dwell too much on the warmth of his hand or the way she felt oddly unmoored when he released it.

Geoffrey took Lucinda’s arm, and they followed Lord and Lady Cardington back through the crowds toward the entrance. Lizzie was struck with a pang of remorse as she watched the familiar way Geoffrey leaned in toward Lucinda to catch something she was saying.

“What a charming interlude that was,” James remarked.

“Yes,” Lizzie agreed, unable to repress a sigh. “It was.”

For my review of ‘Heiress at Heart’ please visit by clicking on Romantic Crush Junkies Reviews eZine. Thanks!

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