‘After Forever’ by Julie Johnstone

af jjSTORY: A year after her husband’s tragic death, all Lady Julianna Barrows wants is to be left alone and forget that most of her heart went with him when he passed. Instead, she finds herself the subject of many a matchmaking scheme and lurid offer to ease her widowhood, as well as save her fading fortune. Desperate to avoid having to remarry, she takes on a position as a tutor, only to discover that the man she’s helping unexpectedly stirs her heart and passion.

Nash Wolverton boxed his way out of the London slums and into immense wealth, but he couldn’t care less about Society’s approval. Except he has his by-blow daughter’s future to consider. To ensure her acceptance into Society, he’ll endure anything―including procuring a tutor to transform him into a gentleman so he can secure a suitable, boring wife.

Yet what he wants changes the moment he hires Julianna. She may be a lady, but she’s far from tedious. Bold and compassionate, she is nothing like the women of the ton. Suddenly, she’s elicited a simmering desire in him, and even a longing to love and be loved that he always thought out of his reach. Knowing what he planned to settle for can now never be enough, he vows to win her love. But as the walls she’s built begin to crumble, Julianna’s fears threaten to tear them apart and she alone must decide if protecting her heart trumps breaking Nash’s.

REVIEW: 1819 London England

Lady Julianna Barrows, a red-haired, green-eyed beauty, lost her husband, Henry, 18 months ago to consumption.  Her grief has been extreme and the only thing that keeps her going is her little daughter, Liza.  Her friends and family have tried to get her back into society but she finds no happiness in doing so.  When she is informed by her husband’s brother, David, that funds for her and Liza’s keep are minimal, Julianna is shocked.  It appears that Henry had a penchant for gambling and lost most of their monies.  Thus, it is imperative that Julianna find a job.  As she has always been a lady of the ton, few opportunities are available to her.

Nash Wolverton, an ex-boxer and former street urchin owns a gaming hell and has become quite well-to-do.  He was left on a doorstep as a foundling.  He was discovered and raised by a woman named Esther who still lives with him.  He will also soon become a partner with Mr. Sutherland’s shipping company.  Nash is a widower with a young daughter, Maggie.  In his business adventures he will be joining society and as such, he and his daughter need to be tutored in proper manners.

When Julianna and Nash are introduced to one another, it is agreed that she will work for him in instructing he and his daughter in the proper ways of society.  Julianna and Liza will stay in Yarmouth at the home of her friends, Lord and Lady Davenport, the Marquess and Marchioness of Davenport.  Nash has a home nearby and they will meet each day for instruction.

As with most children, Liza and Maggie become instant friends, sharing secrets and playing games. Thrown together for hours a day, Julianna and Nash soon get better acquainted and an attraction is sparked between them.

Will Julianna be able to finally emerge from her veil of grief and start to live life again? Could these two people so different in the eyes of society be able to become a couple?

Come read this delightful novel.  Again, author Julie Johnstone has proven her ability to entertain readers with her wonderful stories.

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Complimentary copy provided by the author

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