STORY: To escape a forced marriage to her loathsome, social-climbing cousin, Cecelia Harcourt banks on selling a romantic novel. But when she’s hit by a coach on the way home from meeting a potential publisher and loses her memory, the accident leads to an encounter with a fascinating man. . . who she’s convinced is the hero of her novel.
Due to his brother’s influence, Lieutenant Adam Hunt finds himself honorably discharged from the army. Adam intends to make his way in the world without the help of a war-hero duke, brother or no. He finds his plans for independence sidetracked by a chance encounter with a lady whose memory has gone. She believes he’s a hero. Can Adam become the man he was meant to be and fill that lofty role?
REVIEW: London – 1816
Cecelia (Cece) Harcourt is an author. She and her younger sister, Mary, live with their Uncle Herbert and Aunt Selene since losing their parents in a carriage accident. The girls rescued a rabbit that they named Esmeralda and is their beloved Pet. Having just finished writing a romantic novel, Cece is heading to meet with a publisher she hopes will buy the book. Cece desperately needs to make enough money to allow she and Mary to escape living with their miserly and mean aunt and uncle even if the house had belonged to the girls’ parents. In addition, they are determined to marry Cece off to her odious cousin, Percy. Another worry Cece carries on her young shoulders is the constant cough that Mary has and the expensive medicine that she requires to treat it.
Lieutenant Adam Hunt is walking along pondering how he can get his oldest brother to understand that he doesn’t need money from him. Derek Hunt, the Duke of Claringdon, had fought at Waterloo. Adam’s brothers, Derek and Collin, have long tried to protect Adam and make life easy for him, but he just wants to be allowed to stand on his own two feet.
As it turns out, the publisher turns down Cece’s novel because it is a romantic one. Cece is stunned as she walks home wondering how she will be able to make the money that she so desperately needs for she and Mary. Not paying attention where she is walking, she is accidentally struck by a carriage. Seeing the accident, Adam carries the unconscious woman to his brother’s house. As her reticule had been lost in the accident, Adam and his family don’t know who she is.
When she does wake up, she thinks that her name is Lady Magnolia Makepeace, the name of the heroine in her romantic novel, and that Adam is Peter Peregrine, the Duke of Loveridge, Magnolia’s betrothed in her novel. In order to keep Cece calm, the family plays along with her while seeking to find out who she really is.
This is a fabulous novel! I love the plot and the signature humor that Valerie Bowman adds to her books only makes it even better. Be sure and get this one. It’s fairly short but makes for an evening of reading pleasure.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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