STORY: Gabriel Sinclair has returned from battle as reluctant heir to a dukedom. As if his new responsibilities weren’t enough, Gabriel’s aunt enlists him to sponsor a young heiress through London’s Little Season. Yet Miss Thea Neville is hardly the tedious obligation he expected. She’s exotic and enchanting—and utterly unaware of the secret poised to destroy her family’s reputation.
After ten years in America, Thea is ready to do her duty and marry well. Deportment lessons, modistes, balls—the ton is a minefield she could scarcely navigate without Gabriel’s help. By rights, she should accept the first bachelor who offers for her. Instead, she’s succumbing to a dangerous attraction to her wickedly handsome chaperone—one that could unhinge her plans in the most delicious way.
REVIEW: Cranbrook Chase – 1815
Basil Sinclair, the sixth Duke of Cranbrook, says he’s dying. Born the fifth son of a Duke, all of his older brothers have died within days of their 60th birthdays. As heir to Basil, Gabriel (Gabe) is hoping that Basil makes it to his 60th birthday in hopes of breaking the Cranbrook Curse. Basil’s wife has just returned from visiting family in the state of Virginia in America and has brought with her a lovely young lady named Dorothea (Thea) Neville, age 22. She is tall with dark hair and dark eyes.
The Duchess tells Gabe that she is taking Thea to London for the Little Season to present her to society. When she informs him that he will be accompanying her and Thea, he is not at all pleased. As it turns out, Thea is illegitimate. While she has been brought up to be a true lady and is independent as well, she realizes that she must relent and find someone to marry. She just hasn’t counted on becoming attracted to Gabe and he to her.
Thea has brought her lady’s maid with her and Gabe’s friend, Sir Jeremiah Rigby, Baronet, finds himself drawn to her.
In order to get Basil to leave his room where he has become a hermit convinced he will die soon, Basil and his aunt concoct a scheme that he must accompany them to the Little Season so Basil can choose a good home for his large flock of exotic birds.
We follow the group at they head out. Lots of humor abounds. Will Gabe and Thea succumb to their attraction? Will Basil live past his 60th birthday? If you enjoy tongue-in-cheek humor with a bit of subterfuge tossed in as well, this is the book for you.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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