At the betrothal ball of the man she had expected to marry herself, Lady Theresa latches on to the most dashing gentleman present, hoping to divert attention from her own humiliation. That gentleman happens to be her father’s distant cousin and heir, Damian Ashby, a useless London fribble, in her opinion. He is not favorably impressed with her either.
But when her father becomes mortally ill and Damian is unwillingly obligated to spend time with her at the Earl’s country estate, the two of them unexpectedly find admirable qualities in each other and discover a mutual attraction.
But can a London swell and a country lady ever make their diverse lives and interests work together?
REVIEW BY ANITA
This story is an Elloras Cave ‘Quickie’ - it's longer than a short story, but not as long as an average book. It is very well-written and contains some interesting Regency phrases I have never encountered before: eg. ‘dicked in the nob’ I think it means he was mistaken, or have I forgotten my Georgette Heyer?
Theresa is a young woman whose beau has married another woman, her father is not only unwell but his circumstances have been reduced by the actions of an embezzling business partner. When Theresa has to face the fact her father is dying and as a result, his reduced and entailed estate will go to Damien Ashley, a man only interested in London Society who has a Darcy-esque attitude to ‘country girls’ i.e. they aren’t worth his valuable time.
Ashley makes a dutiful and reluctant visit to Granville Hall, and what he finds there comes as a surprise.
Theresa is pragmatic about her change in fortunes and has turned her intellect to managing her father’s ailing estate and has no time for small talk or flirting at tea parties.
Theresa and Damien, from initial hostility, find they are physically attracted to each other, but the circumstances of their being thrown together makes it difficult to admit that their growing feelings are genuine.
There is a little dancing around and misunderstandings, but the story, which comes to an end far too quickly, is that the pair realize that a marriage between them is not only convenient, but what they both want.
A must for Regency enthusiasts.
Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England released by Claymore Press under the name Anita Seymour