STORY: Two years have passed since George Pembroke, Lord Sedgewick, lost his beloved wife. Though the fashionable beauties and heiresses of the ton have done their utmost to mend his broken heart, he has not remarried. Simply put, no other woman will ever do.
George pays no heed to the well-meaning advice of his meddlesome sisters, Felicity and Glee–and he will have no part of their many and varied schemes to make a match. Glee is convinced that her dear friend, Sally Spenser, would make a perfect governess for her niece and nephew.
A vicar’s daughter, Sally is charming, highly intelligent, and affectionate by nature. The plight of the motherless Pembroke children has touched her heart. And no one knows that she has long cherished a secret tender for their father. She consents to become part of his household–under the auspices of a marriage in name only. But Lord Sedgewick’s elegant Bath town house has one very great drawback: it is very small. They must share a bedroom…and a bed.
*Reviewed as ‘An Improper Proposal’ and reprinted with new cover & book blurb as ‘To Take This Lord’.
BOOK BLURB: George Pembroke, the Viscount Sedgewick, is a man bent on self-destruction. Even though it’s been two years since his cherished wife died on childbed, George continues to rely on liquor to blunt his grief.
Worried about him and his children, George’s sisters urge him to ask spinster Sally Spenser – a longtime family friend – to help care for his daughter and son. Sally’s the perfect person. She’s of high birth, has no money, and she adores his children. But George can’t ask an earl’s niece to become a servant! However. . .since he’ll never love again, why not make Sally his viscountess? It would be a marriage in name only. For the children.
Sally’s deep love of the children and fear that their father might marry an unfeeling stepmother that prompt Sally to agree George’s proposal. Even though it will be unbearable living under the roof of the man she loves and knowing she can never have him.
REVIEW: George Pembroke, Lord Sedgewick, has been a widower for two years after losing his beloved wife, Dianna, in childbirth. With two children to raise, his grief has led him to refuse to marry again despite his sisters’ pleas for him to do so. A handsome man, many women were intrigued by him but he shown no interest.
A good family friend, Sally Spenser, has always loved his children and has been a good companion to them. However, George and Sally have always sparred with one another due to her outspoken ways. In addition, George thinks she is simply plain.
On the contrary, George’s sisters felt that Sally would be the perfect governess to the children. While considering this, George realizes that having Sally live in his home as a governess would not the looked up as proper. Therefore, he decides to offer to marry her in name only. As she loves the children so much, she agrees to this.
Sally who is very efficient and frugal, soon finds that George has been losing money that he can ill afford by gambling and heavy drinking. Thus, she suggests that they leave Bath and return to his his country home. A wealthy woman who wanted to marry George and who was scorned by him plots revenge.
As they settle into their life in the countryside, George is renewed again by working on the estate and the children are delighted with Sally as their Mama and with being able to play in the fresh country air. But, danger lurks. What is it and whom will it harm?
I found this to be a very satisfying novel and well written.
Connie for b2b