STORY: An American heiress and widow of a rakish English earl, Catherine has returned to New York high society determined to make amends for the scandal she caused when she crossed the Atlantic to elope with her best friend’s suitor and win the title of Lady Bisterne. But a ruined reputation isn’t the only thing that’s followed her home: Lord Tristram Wolfe, the rightful heir to the Bisterne estate, has vowed to track down his family’s stolen jewels—gems he’s certain Catherine stole.
Catherine has more to think about than charming, handsome Tristram and his accusations, even if he’s beginning to change her mind about never returning to England. Back at her family’s Tuxedo Park estate, she resolves to restore her honor by earning the forgiveness of her best friend and protecting her younger sister from other fortune-seeking Englishmen with dubious titles, all while abiding by the etiquette of the Gilded Age.
Yet when Tristram’s quest takes a dangerous turn, she must decide whether to follow the rules or save her accuser’s life.
REVIEW: Tuxedo, New York – 1900
The widowed Catherine VanDorn, Lady Bisterne, is attending a soiree with her sister, Estelle. Just 13 months after his husband, Edwin, the Earl of Bisterne passed away, she has decided to eschew her mourning colors. Her parents and her brother, Paul, are also attending the event. Many people feel that Catherine had stolen another woman’s fiancee when she married the Earl but she realizes now that she had done the girl a favor. The young lady in question is the granddaughter of Lady Selkirk who warned Catherine to stay away from the girl.
Lord Tristram Wolfe is at the gathering. He is the cousin of the deceased Earl and was with him when he died. Ambrose Wolfe has always irritated Catherine. He is the younger son of the Marquess of Cothbridge. Along with the two men is her husband’s cousin Florian Boston-Ward who snidely comments on her wearing “stolen” Bisterne jewels from her late husband’s family. The family wants the jewel back for they believe that they belong to the new Earl. When it turns out that the jewels she is wearing are fake, she is shocked. Has someone stolen the jewels?
I found this story to be somewhat convoluted with too many characters to keep up with. At the risk of insulting the author, and I don’t mean to, the idea of a woman “stealing” a man from another woman is just ridiculous. A man chooses whom he wants. Having expressed that, I do hope others enjoy the book.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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