Series: The Cavensham Heiresses, #4
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Lady Daphne Hallworth is the quintessential “good girl” and all but invisible, so it is no surprise when her family departs to their country estate for Christmas and she is left behind. Rather than join them, she decides to use her time alone to chart her future. She plans to use her inheritance and set up her own household and start her charity – a home for unwed mothers. Events in her past have made this charity very near and dear to her heart – so with no one around to naysay her, she decides to visit her solicitor and get her plans in motion. But her plans are derailed when her reticule containing her journal with her deepest, darkest secrets and fantasies is stolen and she has to chase the thief – right to Reynolds gaming hell and Paul.
Paul Barstowe is the new Duke of Southart, a title he never expected to inherit and one he doesn’t feel worthy to bear. But when his beloved brother Robert died from Rheumatic Fever, Paul swore to honor his final request and become a better man by giving up his wild, wicked ways and becoming the honorable man Robert always believed him to be. Paul spent his life trying to gain his father’s approval and when he realized that was a lost cause, he began acting out to gain his father’s attention – and it worked, so well that he ended up pushing away all his friends – save Robert and Devon. But determined to turn over a new leaf, he has taken his seat in parliament and is trying to establish a hospital specializing in the care of Rheumatic Fever patients to honor his brother’s memory. He has found a piece of property that would be perfect and starts to make plans.
Fate throws them together and they strike deal, he will find her journal and she will convince her brother that he is truly redeemed and deserving of acceptance. Seems easy and straightforward, a perfect plan – but fate is not done with these two and they will have a lot to overcome before there can be a HEA.
As in the previous books, I thought the writing was a bit wordy and repetitive and I felt like the story was too busy, too many characters, too many plot elements, too many implausible scenarios and drama for the sake of drama. That said, I did like both Paul and Daphne and felt the chemistry between them and really became invested in their quest to find redemption and love with each other. This is the fourth book in the series and I would highly recommend reading them in order rather than starting with this book.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*