STORY: After five Seasons, Ivonne Wimpleton has accepted she’s a haute ton undesirable. Always a bit ungraceful, her suitors are men desperate to get their hands on her marriage settlement. Guarded and aloof, she’s resigned herself to spinsterhood. She doesn’t mind her fate, since Chancy Faulkenhurst, the man who once held her heart, left for India years ago without an explanation.
When Ivonne’s father, Viscount Wimpleton, refuses Chance’s request for her hand in marriage, he transfers to the East India Troops. Chance’s dreams of making Ivonne his wife are soundly dashed. Ignoring her letters, he closes the door on his heart and Ivonne and remains in India.
Six years later, severely injured during a battle, Chance returns to England physically and emotionally scarred. His love for Ivonne remains just as strong. When he learns due to a whim of Prinny’s she must choose one of the despots whose offered for her hand, Chance is determined that none should have her but him. Except, not only is she infuriated he made no effort to contact her in all those years, in Chance’s absence, his father arranged a marriage for him and fully expects Chance to honor the agreement.
REVIEW: Ivonne (Ivy) Wimpleton is being pursued by Captain Melvin Kirkpatrick who wants to marry her. The man is odious, disgusting and a drunk. While at a soiree, Ivy steps outside for a breath of air only to be accosted by Kirkpatrick who keeps pawing at her.
Chancey Faulkenhurst, known as Falcon, has not seen Ivy for six years. He had fought in India and has sustained some serious injuries. He has always had a tendre for Ivy but knows that as the second son of an Earl, he really does not have much to offer her as she is the daughter of a Viscount. Ivy has a large dowry, plus a home called Garnkerk House.
When Falcon finds Kirkpatrick pawing and insulting Ivy, he wants to punch the man but his own war wounds will not allow him to. But with the help of Ivy’s brothers, he manages to get her away from him and Kirkpatrick is removed from the soiree.
Seeing Falcon as he is now, Ivy is devastated by his injuries and her heart hurts for him. Having been left with a slight limp herself from a riding accident, she can empathize with him.
To get back at Ivy for refusing his suit, Kirkpatrick contrives with his friend Prinny to expect a wedding soon for Ivy. Ivy knows she could never marry Kirkpatrick and would love to marry Falcon as she has always cared for him. However, he thinks that she is put off by his injuries.
Can they open up to each other and express their love?
This was a sweet, but light romance novel. The thing that turned me off was that any parent that would force their child to marry a man as disgusting as Kirkpatrick borders on abusive. However, I’m sure many readers will enjoy the story itself.
Connie for b2b
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