STORY: As Lady Sophia Beresford (recently Lady Finkel) passes through the gates of her new bridegroom’s country estate and he begins to whisper in her ear of the delights that await her in his bed, Lady Sophia realizes she has made a most dreadful mistake. There’s only one thing to do. She must bolt.
The bride-on-the-run is rescued by the exceedingly handsome William Birmingham who thinks she’s a woman named Isadore, and though he’s the richest man in England, she mistakes him for a common (but well-to-do) criminal. Since she’d rather be dead than wed to Finkel, Sophia pretends to be Isadore and take her chances with the provocative Mr. Birmingham. But how could she have known that her ruse would bring the gallant Mr. Birmingham into such peril from the wicked man she married? And how could she have known her enigmatic rescuer would ignite passions she’d never known she possessed?
REVIEW: William Birmingham is heading to a coaching inn for a rendezvous with a woman named Isadore who is to be bringing him gold bullion.
Lady Sophia Beresford, age 27, has just wed Lord Finkel at Upton Manor after which she realizes what a huge mistake she has made. (Lord Finkel makes his money by blackmailing wealthy people who don’t want certain information to be published.) So, she and her maid, Dottie are running away. She only agreed to marry the awful man because he threatened to ruin her sister after an indiscretion she made. Sophia and Dottie manage to walk through the rain and cold to a coaching inn where Sophia is mistaken by William and his “valet” Thompson to be Isadore. When Sophia sees Finkel’s men close by, she agrees that she is, indeed, Isadore, and is being pursued by some bad men. They take off in William’s coach only to be accosted by highwaymen that they manage to fight off.
When they finally arrive at William’s home in Grosvenor Square, Sophia discovers that he is a bachelor. She claims that Dottie is her mute sister and they settle into William’s home awaiting the gold bullion that Sophia says will be arriving any day now.
Sophia sends a message to her brother explaining why she had agreed to marry Finkel and asks him to help her get out of the marriage. In the meantime, she continues to hide out in William’s house so Finkel cannot find her. She extends this time by feigning illness.
Sophia and William soon give into their attraction to one another and a night of passion follows. What will happen when he finds out who she really is? Will that destroy their chance of a possible life together?
There is a lot of action in this novel as Sophia tries to avoid Finkel. What a truly dastardly man he is! Finkel the Fink. I can just see him twirling his mustache as he observes the young miss tied to the railroad track awaiting the train. (Sorry, my input!)
This is a very well written novel and I congratulate Cheryl Bolen on her talent.
Complimentary copy provided by the author
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