Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father’s country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn’t expect is to come face to face with her past.
A Lord Betrayed by One…
Brock Spencer, Earl of Haversham, only wants vengeance. Recently returned from his military service to the King, his plans include repairing his family estate, finding a bride, and destroying the girl responsible for the untimely death of his twin brothers. What he doesn’t anticipate is falling in love with the only woman who should never be part of his future.
An Impossible Match, Destined to Be…
Lady Viola Overbrook, age 17, is enjoying her first season in London. Unfortunately, she let her popularity with the gentlemen go to her head. Cody and Winston are the young, handsome twin sons of Lord Haversham. When they start to fight over Viola, she thinks it is simply a lark and a joke when the twins say they are going to fight a duel over her. However, it all turns to disaster when they actually do shoot and kill each other. Devastated and deeply ashamed, Viola flees to her family’s home, Foldger’s Hall. In London, she is still remembered as the Murderous Maiden. If there happens to be a duel somewhere, people wonder if she has struck again.
Nine years later, we find Viola running a horse farm called Foldger’s Foals. It has a terrific reputation for providing the strongest and best trained foals around. Viola lives in her family’s home, Foldger’s Hall, but walks to the neighboring area where she has her farm. To protect her identity, she has assumed the name, Lady Posey Hale.
An old friend, Connor Cale, helps her with the farm, but lately she discovers that they are no longer running at a profit and are actually losing money fast. Quite worried, she is not sure how she will be able to carry on the business. Viola’s friend, Miss Ruby St. Augustin, lives with her as her companion and good friend. Ruby has always been very supportive of her friend. Viola has tried to live an exemplary life, working hard and contributing regularly to an orphanage, in an attempt to help atone for her “sins.”
Brock Spencer, oldest son and heir to the now deceased Lord Haversham, has just returned from many years at war and fighting at Waterloo. Realizing that it is time to take over and build up his family’s home, he finds himself in the market for some horses. In addition, he realizes that it is time he searched for a bride as well.
Since Foldger’s Foals has such a good reputation for horses, Brock heads there to meet with Lady Posey Hale to negotiate the purchase of some foals. As he was away at the time of the duel, he has never seen Viola before. Brock is quite taken with Viola’s expert training and treatment of the foals and with the lady herself. Viola is attracted to him as well but is terrified that he will find out who she really is.
Where can this lead? Can Viola ever find forgiveness from society, and especially from Brock?
This is a fabulous story that I enjoyed it immensely. I’m looking forward to reading the author’s next book in this series, entitled “Forgotten No More” followed by “Scorned Ever More.”
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