A Lady Most Lovely
[Book 2 of Love's Grace Series]
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
*Book provided by the author.
An Heiress at Heart
[Book 1 of Love's Grace Series]
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?
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.
AUTHOR 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.