STORY: Freedom. That’s all Lady Honor Baxendale wants—for her sisters and for herself. Honor has a bold plan to become financially independent, using a skill she learned at her father’s knee. She seeks the help of a solicitor and is pleased with her choice… as long as she can resist the solicitor himself.
Lord Edward Winborne has been happy to come to the aid of his four sisters in the past. But when a neighbor’s daughter, Lady Honor Baxendale, requests his help for a dangerous scheme she has in mind, he feels it his duty to dissuade her. When that fails, he wants to protect her, and then somehow finds he wants to do more. Much more.
REVIEW: Highland Manor – Royal Tunbridge Wells – 1822
Lady Honor Baxendale, age 26, is the oldest of five daughters. Her mother and stepfather would like to see her finally marry, but she has no interest in doing so. Honor wears spectacles and dresses plainly to keep from being noticed and to hopefully not stand out since her season seven years ago had ended in disgrace. At the time, she fancied herself in love with Richard, the son of Viscount Stenhouse. He had led her to a darkened part of a garden during a soiree and tried to have his way with her. Luckily she was found before anything happened, but she was sent home in disgrace.
Honor’s mother is a nervous woman plagued with headaches mostly as a result of her bad tempered husband.
Lord Edward Wenborne, the Marquess of Brandeth, is being pressured by his mother, the Dowager Marchioness of Brandeth, to marry and start a family. He is in no hurry to do so as he has two older brothers. He has chosen to become a solicitor and enjoys his life in London.
Honor asks Edward to investigate a Mr. Albert Leighton, the man who swindled Honor’s father out of his money resulting in her father taking his own life. She has a lovely set of jewelry she asks him to sell for her so she can raise the money needed to challenge Leighton to a gambling duel. Having learned a lot about gambling from her father, she is determined to show Leighton up for the cheat that he is.
Rather than sell her jewelry. Edward gives her the money she needs and she proceeds to challenge Leighton.
Will she win? What if she loses? How will she explain the loss of the money to her family?
This was a good story with an intriguing plot. I liked both Honor and Edward and I’m sure readers will enjoy this novel as much as I did.
Connie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by author