STORY: He is an Earl who was left at the altar . . . She was his childhood friend, his one true love . . . Now Fate has brought them together again.
December 1816. Ryder, Lord Madigan, has never got over the loss of his childhood sweetheart, Adele: the woman who abandoned him at the altar. The woman who humiliated him and left him a broken man. Now she’s come home, a widow.
Wrongly believing Ryder to be dead, Adele has returned to her Dorset village to reunite with her family and pick up the pieces of her life. Despite everything, she has never stopped loving the man she jilted. But can she put right the wrongs of the past, and bring herself to tell Ryder the truth about why she left him – and the misery of her life since then?
Ryder too is keeping secrets from Adele. If the two former lovers are to have a second chance at happiness, they must overcome their pride and admit their true feelings for one another.
REVIEW: This story wasn’t easy to read, but in the end I have to say that I thought it good. Not better than ‘Lady Lightfingers’ but close enough. The reason I had a hard time reading it is probably the pace and an overabundance of characters coming in and out of scenes for no apparent reason.
As for the main characters, I kept changing my mind liking them and not, and in the end I was left somewhere in the middle. They were definitely three dimensional and complex, yet the chemistry was somewhat off.
What I thoroughly enjoyed were some of the secondary characters and the dialogue throughout the book.
If you’re a fan of second chance at love stories and authors like Carla Kelly and Georgette Heyer, I think you’ll like this story.
Melanie for b2b
Gift ARC provided by the publisher