- New Independence Books
- Release Date
- September 2013
- Book 1 of Darrington family
Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy
When an outrageous meeting leads to inappropriate desire, will family honor and duty destroy a chance for true love?
Felix Alan Darrington, Earl of Swandon has been summoned to London by his mother. Though he has obligations to Parliament, his meddling parent has reminded him it's time to do his duty, marry and provide her with grandchildren. But Felix refuses to wed under dictate. He'll choose the woman and the time, and if he's lucky he'll marry for love.
Clarice Delacroix is a lady's companion. Though she's an illegitimate daughter of a duke, her mother was a French opera singer which puts Clarice firmly between worlds. Possessed of a quick temper and a penchant for making pastries, she longs for adventure, romance and acceptance, but she refuses to be anyone's mistress. Her mother's life is not for her.
As Felix schemes to spend more time with Clarice and find out why the Frenchwoman intrigues him, the titled lady who wishes to be his countess conspires to keep them apart. Felix quickly finds that balancing relationships between family and love is not as easy as first thought, or as black and white. Someone in his circle isn't telling the truth, and the repercussions could prove deadly to Clarice's future.
Book Review by Peyton (reviewer)
Nov 29, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
238 people found the following review helpful
Take a step back in time to when classes were divided and a simple kiss was enough to turn your world upside down.
Felix was happy in Kent, circa 1815. He was a lord and a member of parliament. Everything in his world was neat and orderly...until the letter arrived from his mother decreeing he come to London and find a bride. His mother arranged for him to meet Olivia Drummond, as the match would help his career, and be good for them both.
Upon meeting Olivia, Felix was polite but bored. How many faces did this same type of woman have? He must have met hundreds of "ladies" but none sparked his interest...that is, until a loud-mouthed kitchen helper sparked his interest while at Lady Drummond's home.
Clarice was helping out in the kitchens as part of her role as companion to Lady Drummond. She never expected an English Lord to understand French, or she would have held her tongue. She was not common born nor high born, but trapped between the classes. Not good enough for a lord, but too good for a commoner. She was trying to pave out a life for herself, and it wasn't going well.
There is something to be said about a romance book that can keep you enthralled page after page where everyone is fully clothed and no one is cursing. This was truly a delight to read, and it reminded me that there used to be a simpler time, a purer time, where people thought about family and obligation and not just lust. The book wasn't full of contrived drama or misunderstanding after misunderstanding. This book was an easy read, but a nice one.
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