‘The Earl’s Return’ by Callie Hutton

ter chSTORY: London, 1819. Four years ago, Darius, the Earl of Redgrave fled London two weeks before his wedding to Lady Mary’s sister and married another woman. Now a widower, he has returned to seek a new wife.

One woman catches his eye . . .

At first, Lady Mary doesn’t recognize the handsome lord as the cad who ran out on her sister. After giving him the cut direct in a London ballroom, she finds herself running into him everywhere she goes, and fighting a forbidden attraction. Not only has Mary sworn off men, Redgrave is so very wrong for her. But she cannot stop thinking of his kisses. Redgrave means to stay away from Mary but it is impossible. Passion between two people who can never be together is a dangerous game.

REVIEW: London – 1819

Darius, Earl of Redgrave, has just completed a year of mourning for his wife, Lady Priscilla, who passed away after 3 years of marriage. Knowing he must get an heir, Darius has ventured out again into Society and is attending a ball. He remains guilt-ridden for abandoning his fiancee, Lady Abigail, sister of the Duke of Manchester shortly before their planned wedding to marry Priscilla. A short time later, Lady Abigail married a rector. She is now happily married and the mother of twin sons.

Back in town, Darius dreads running into the Duke of Manchester or one of his sisters. He soon learns that Lady Mary is the only sister who is yet unmarried. As Darius peruses the young ladies at a ball, there is only one who appeals to him and it turns out to be Lady Mary who is now age 23. When she finds out who he is, she reacts coldly. But when he rescues her from an overbearing man in the garden, she lets Darius know how angry she is with him for his treatment of her sister.

It happens that both Darius and Mary are on the committee for the London Orphan Asylum which puts them together frequently. These encounters soon become civil and they begin to get to know one another.

As the story continues, the reader discovers why Darius jilted Lady Abigail and married Lady Priscilla. The story is very good and to give any more away would be so wrong! Spoilers. Suffice to say that I really enjoyed this book. Darius and Mary are terrific characters. I look forward to reading more by this author.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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