Author: Sally Britton
Series: Inglewood #5
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: May 20, 2020
An arrogant lord cut-off by his family. A penniless widow in desperate need. In their reduced circumstances, can love save them both?
Lord Neil Duncan, third son of the Marquess of Alderton, finally angers his father enough to be cut off from the family. Neil believes it is only a matter of time before he is reinstated, but time is passing slowly and he needs to eat. His so-called friends have abandoned him, no one else trusts him, and it is not until he comes upon a young widow that he finds someone who needs his help as badly as he needs hers.
Teresa Clapham has been without a husband’s provision and protection for over a year. Supporting her mother and daughter on the pittance her brother-in-law provides has required her to stretch every farthing. When Lord Neil arrives at her doorstep proposing he work for her to earn his keep, she sees possibility in the man everyone else has deemed an arrogant good-for-nothing.
As Lord Neil works for the first time in his life, Teresa sees in him a tender heart long repressed by his family’s expectations – a heart that causes her own to open once more. But her brother-in-law Frederick Clapham is less charmed by Teresa’s new servant. When Lord Neil discovers the secret Mr. Clapham has been keeping, he must decide whether to embrace the man Teresa believes him to be, or fall back on the privileged lifestyle he’s always known.
This book was a fantastic end to a wonderful series! It was a beautiful story of redemption for a villain turned hero.
Another wonderful addition to the Inglewood series. I really disliked Lord Neil in the previous books though he was pretty good about not blaming the twins when he was injured in the accident. In # four I began to like him some because he actually did some good though still acted aloof and like he didn’t care about anything or anyone. But in this book he really did reform himself. I was surprised by how easily he moved into working for his keep. And I think he surprised himself by turning out to be a good caring person. I quite liked him by the end. I like that he humbled himself to ask a man he detested and who detested him to assist him in helping Teresa because he was now powerless to do it himself. And to actually apologize for the wrong he had done! I also thought Teresa and her mother were remarkable women. Teresa’s daughter is cute.
His family is still pretty awful though. I kind of thought that Neil’s father was going to turn out to be okay at the end of #4 but boy was I wrong. His mother at least showed herself to be something of a caring mother even though I doubt she has changed that much herself. At least she put herself out to try for her son in the only ways she could.
I had been looking forward to Lord Neil’s story and it didn’t disappoint. Now if his sister could just stop being a snoot.
Sex: references to his parent’s adultery
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.