STORY: John Fitzhugh Barrett is surprised to discover that instead of being a bastard, he’s the legitimate heir to the Somerset marquessate. Once word gets out that he must continue the Somerset line, eligible bachelorettes from across the country descend upon Somerfield Park, hoping to snatch John up before it’s too late. But John has no interest in a woman who’s only after his title.
Rebecca Kearsey, the daughter of a threadbare viscount, is the only one who understands. However, as her desire for John begins to build, she becomes painfully aware that she isn’t considered grand enough by Polite Society to be a future marchioness. Intrigued by the idea of challenging society’s rigid values, John’s interest in Rebecca grows. But can she show him that love is more than just childish rebellion?
REVIEW: This is book two in the Somerfield Park series and as usual, it very well may be read as a stand alone, but because there’s an important part to our hero’s past rooted in the first book, I highly recommend you read the other first. And besides, both books are wonderful plot wise and as romances.
In this one, our hero is someone I liked a lot. I liked the complexity of his character. He’s not your regular off the mill dandy, nor is he a rake of the first order. I loved that his character was shaped by so many things that happened to him in the past and by the things that are happening to him as he’s trying to get a grip on his current circumstances.
It took me a bit longer to warm up to the heroine Rebecca, but eventually I did because I finally understood where she was coming from and why she acts the way she does.
This wasn’t one of those romances that is perfectly neat and I loved that about their love story.
I’d be remiss in not mentioning a slew of secondary characters who made this story complete and much more satisfying, such as those from the previous book and the downstairs staff of Somerfield Park.
This story, as well as the first book, both have a deliberate feel of Downton Abbey and as a fan of that TV show, I reveled in the extended story of the help.
I highly recommend it you pick it up this summer.
Melanie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher