‘The Fall of Lord Drayson’ by Rachael Anderson

tfold raSTORY: Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant?

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they’ve called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

REVIEW: Miss Lucy Beresford has been raised by her parents to always do the right thing. Her late father had been a vicar and after telling one lie as a child, Lucy swore to never lie again. Although it took some creative answers, she has held to her promise. At age 19, Lucy and her mother are living in the dower house at Tanglewood Manor. Currently, Lucy is staying with their housemaid while her mother is away assisting Mrs. Beresford’s sister as she prepares to give birth.

Colin Cavendish, the fifth Earl of Drayson, has decided to sell Tanglewood Manor. It is situated in an uninviting area and has not been lived in by the family ns quite some time. This is why his mother chose to raise the family in their estate in Hanbury, Essex. Upon finding that his deceased father had allowed Mrs. Beresford and her daughter, Lucy, to live in the dower house, Colin is quite perplexed. Hopefully, a buyer can be found for Tanglewood Manor and who will continue to allow the Beresford ladies to remain in the dower house. However, that is not likely. Knowing that this in as impossible scenario, the Earl instructs his bailiff that the two ladies have two months in which to find a new home.

When Lord Drayson arrives at the dower house and imparts the news to Lucy, she is shocked and disillusioned that the new Earl will not honor his father’s promise to allow them to live there indefinitely. But as he departs the dower house after speaking with Lucy, his horse slips in the mud throwing him off where he hits his head. Lucy and her maid drag him into the house to nurse him back to health and when he awakes, he has amnesia. Infuriated at his arrogance toward her, Lucy tells Colin that he is a servant in her home and that he answers to her. She tells him that his name is Collins. Ah, but she feels guilty for having lied as she had promised her father long ago that she would never lie again.

This is a clever, humorous, and clean romance novel that I enjoyed immensely.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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