Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth---to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself . . .
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him---ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world---or in his heart.
Mary Whitsun is an orphan working as a nursemaid. When an aristocrat mistakes her for his fiancée during an outing on her day off, she thinks the man is either in his cups or making fun of her and gives him a piece of her mind.
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, recognizes the girl is not Lady Joanna, but thinks she could be her long lost twin and will do everything in his power to have her received into her family. Immediately attracted by the fiery disposition of the woman who might be the one destined from birth to be his bride, he’ll stop at nothing to have her recognized as such.
Kidnap, assassination attempts and doubts make this short story of the Maiden Lane series. I really enjoyed the pace and development as well as the way it all unraveled for Henry and Mary. Though Blackwell is a man bound by his duty, he won’t let it get in the way of love.
This is a really nice short read of the genre and encompasses all the elements of the series making it romantic and entertaining without being a full novel.
4 Book Corner Stars
About the Author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series.Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
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