Author: Karen Tuft
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: December 1, 2019
Lady Elizabeth Spaulding’s world has fallen apart. Despite living her entire life to please her demanding parents, the Duke and Duchess of Marwood, she has little to show for it. After Elizabeth’s second failed betrothal, her father’s debts and appalling acts of retaliation force him to flee the country, consigning Elizabeth and her bitter mother to a life of poverty and exile. But Elizabeth’s fortunes change one day when an elderly acquaintance makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Lady Walmsley, widowed and childless, is in need of a lady’s companion—and who better than the lovely Lady Elizabeth? Determined to rescue Elizabeth from her dreary life in the country, Lady Walmsley secures the help of Kit, the dashing Earl of Cantwell, in her quest. But the young woman they find is a ghost of the charming girl they once knew. Taken in by Lady Walmsley, and with Kit’s enthusiastic encouragement, Elizabeth finds herself pushed further and further from her empty solitude as she discovers the joy of truly living. Now, for the first time in her life, she must decide for herself who she is and if she deserves to be loved.
I enjoyed the story though it perhaps had its faults. More than once I thought about the impropriety of Kit and Elizabeth spending so much time alone and as she so often cared about societal expectation why did she not note everything that was not being done as it should? But I also found that I didn’t really care. I just enjoyed the story.
Elizabeth is a kind-hearted soul but a pawn under her parent’s thumb without even realizing that she has no opinions of her own. She hadn’t even thought about her own feelings on things. She just always did what was expected of her. I’m not sure how she ended up being so good when her parents were so awful. Kit was also a good soul but I didn’t always appreciate his way of handling situations and forcing Elizabeth into doing things she didn’t want to do. In the end it was the best thing for her but I wanted to stand up for her more than once. In some ways he was leading her around just as her parents had. The difference was that it was not for his own benefit but for hers while her parents only thought of themselves. I was grateful that he was able to show her how to live outside of her parent’s rule and that life didn’t need to be the way she had lived it. He slowly showed her she could like and dislike things without earth shattering consequences. I
I loved Lady Walmsley. She is a force to be reckoned with but with a heart of gold.
Though the ending was no big surprise, the book left me feeling satisfied with the HEA.
Violence: references to violence that occurred before the book began.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley and voluntarily chose to review it.
These kind of books really make me grateful I live in the time I do. No social rules to worry about. I loved Kit. He is so upfront and pushed the limit. Of course Aunt Margrets help is a win for all.