Book Review

‘Once Upon a Maiden Lane’ by Elizabeth Hoyt

ouaml ehSTORY: Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna’s long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth – to the rakishly handsome aristocrat himself….

Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He’s drawn to her sharp mind, her indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him – ladies simply don’t dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can’t help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry’s world – or in his heart.

REVIEW: Now that I’ve read all the stories in Maiden Lane series I’ve decided to tackle the novellas. This is a short telling of romance of one of the Mary’s from the orphanage.

I really enjoyed the accidental meeting between Mary Whitsun and Lord Henry Blackwell and from that point on this story moves fast. The chemistry is wonderful and palpable between the two.

If you like a little mystery and danger in your romance novels, I am sure you’ll enjoy this novella which ends with a sweet and satisfying happily ever after.

Melanie for b2b

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