Series: Westcott #6
Release Date: July 2, 2019
3.5 stars, rounded up.
Lt Col. Gilbert “Gil” Bennington returns to England with Harry Westcott. Harry barely survived Waterloo and now almost 2 years later, he is still weak and ill – he asks Gil to stay with him in England until he recovers, Gil agrees and then wishes he hadn’t when Harry’s family shows up. Gil is not a fan of the nobility and has his own reasons for returning to England. The primary reason is to regain custody of his young daughter, who is currently living with his late wife’s parents.
Abigail Westcott is excited to see her brother Harry when the family arrives at their childhood home. She hopes to convince Harry into letting her stay with him after everyone else returns to London. She has no desire to participate in the season and has basically given up on the idea of marriage, as she has never met a man who inspired any desire in her. But all that changes when she meets Gil – and mistakes him for a servant. A half dressed, large, very masculine servant…
After their initial disastrous meeting, they form a truce of sorts and then an unlikely friendship, Gil finds himself telling her thinks he has never told anyone and she finds herself attracted to him in a way that she has never experienced before. When Harry suggests they marry to help Gil regain custody of his daughter, she surprises everyone, including herself, by agreeing.
This book was gentle read, there is really no action, intrigue or drama. There is absolutely nothing at all keeping Abby and Gil from being together and it is impossible for me to tell you when they “fell in love”. But despite that, I did like the story and felt like it was a nice, if somewhat placid, uncomplicated, addition to the series.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to my by NetGalley and the Publisher.*