STORY: In an effort to preserve the family estate, Ian MacGregor, the Earl of Balfour, must marry for money. When a promising match emerges in the form of Genie Daniels, a rich English heiress, Ian begins devising a strategy to woo her.
When he meets Genie’s poor cousin Augusta, he discovers a new avenue to Genie’s heart. But after spending time with Augusta and falling for her charms, Ian begins to question whether or not he’s willing to forfeit his heart to save the family name…
REVIEW: The first line in this novel states the plot perfectly:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single, reasonably good-looking earl not in possession of a fortune must be in want of a wealthy wife.”
Ian MacGregor is a Scottish Earl now head of his family searching for a wealthy heiress to add “coin” to the family coffers. Therefore, Willard Daniels, Baron of Altsax and Gribbony, brings his wife, daughters, Eugenia and Hester Daniels, his sister-in-law, the widowed Mrs. Julia Redmond and niece, Augusta Merrick to stay as guests at the MacGregor home with an eye toward marrying Eugenia to Ian. Sharing the MacGregor home are Ian’s brothers, Gilgallon, Connor and his sister, Mary Frances.
As the reader is drawn into the story, we find that sometimes love cannot be arranged because the heart finds its own path. As the characters get to know one another, attractions build and love finds its way. But, there is evil in the mix which takes the story on another turn.
I admit that it took me awhile into the book to figure out which character was which. One of my pet peeves with a novel is trying to “digest” a lot of characters thrown at me right at the beginning of a book. It’s aggravating and frustrating to keep them separate. However, Grace Burrowes’s talent at creating real characters and expressing their personalities and feelings once again comes through beautifully in this novel.
Connie for b2b
*Book provided by the author.