In Society’s eyes, Hayden Fitzwalter, Earl of Ramsay and Jane Bancroft have the perfect marriage. But what can’t be seen are the secrets hidden behind closed doors. Believing Hayden will never renounce his dissolute ways, Jane flees to her family’s dilapidated estate in the country.
Years later, Hayden now longs to win back the only woman who has ever touched his heart. But first he has to convince her that this rogue is ready to be tamed….
BANCROFTS OF BARTON PARK
Two sisters, two scandals, two sizzling love affairs.
REVIEW: The very rich Hayden Fitzwalter, Earl of Ramsay met the lovely Jane Bancroft when they were both probably a little too young for marriage. However, they fell in love and were happily married. They attended parties and entertained constantly. But, sometimes too much of a good thing can become boring and Jane tires of the constant social scene and especially Hayden’s fondness for brandy which keeps him out very late and with a constant hangover. After three miscarriages, Jane simply longs for a baby and a stable, happy marriage. When Hayden returns one night extremely drunk, Jane snaps and leaves him to stay in her parents old manor with her younger sister.
The quiet life and physical gardening she does brings her peace. While she still loves Hayden, she refuses to accept any money he sends her and they are apart for three years. When she realizes that Hayden will need an heir, she finally writes to him and requests a divorce so he can get on with his life. Hayden is shocked and goes to see Jane. What follows is a very sweet story that shows how two people can learn to finally get to know one another and learn to appreciate some of the simpler things in life.
As an added plus to this book, we have Jane’s sister, Emma, who is a very intelligent young woman more interested in botany than in parties. In addition, there is an old tale about buried treasure somewhere on the property.
This book was a total delight to read and one I would highly recommend.
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*Book provided by my local library.