Linley Talbot-Martin is a girl who likes to get her hands dirty. As the daughter of a famous archaeologist, she's been everywhere and seen everything—except London. But when the time comes to trade her jodhpurs and work boots for silk gowns and kid gloves, she may be in over her head.
Even though she can out-ride, out-shoot, and outsmart any girl in London society, Linley is destined to be the failure of the season. No one she meets cares about ancient pottery or lost Buddhist texts, and fundraising efforts for future expeditions keep coming up short. If the Talbot-Martin team doesn't find money soon, they will be out of a job, and Linley will lose everything she holds dear.
Patrick Wolford, Marquess of Kyre (pronounced 'Keer'), is a man who knows his place. Well-connected and respected, he is everything everyone expects him to be, but beneath his façade, he is as neglected and crumbling as the family estate. Now the strain of keeping up appearances is taking its toll. The smart thing would be to marry the heiress nipping at his heels and be done with it, but when he meets Linley Talbot-Martin, who dares to shake up his seemingly proper world, he must choose between the life he's always known and one he never dared to dream of.
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Very enjoyable book
This is the first time I've read Allyson Jeleyne's work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I downloaded it free in iBook, & without realising it, also downloaded it onto my Kindle app. I give the book 4.5*.
Linley has travelled all over the world with her archaeologist father. When in Morocco she meets Patrick Wolford, she is enchanted. He is smitten with the young lady who is nothing like the ladies of society.
Linley's father Bedford, decides to take his team with him to London when he received his knighthood. While out shopping with Cousin Berenice for new outfits, they meet & extract an invitation from one of London's society families. Bedford & Berenice are pleased: he's hoping to get further funding for expeditions; she's hoping Linley will find a good match. However, at the ball, Linley meets Patrick, who is the Marquis of Kyre.
Despite spending time together in London, Linley leaves for India with her father. Patrick decides he loves her & chases halfway across the world to find her...
There were a couple of issues that I did not like about the book. I felt Linley was to "forward", taking on a lover, but not wanting marriage. Patrick did not act like the gentleman he was supposed to be & took her virginity. He also knew that he couldn't marry Linley as he need the dowry of a rich wife. There are a few love scenes in this book.
The epilogue does not mention what happened to the team after Patrick got Linley to the missionary when she fell ill. It would have been nice to know, so not completely wrapped up the story. Furthermore, although Patrick & Linley marry, they don't get their HEA as at the end of the book, Patrick is leaving his wife to fight in the war.
Really enjoyed this book and the jitneys followed.
Haven't enjoyed a new to me author so much in ages. So much that I left this review which is a first for me. Really cared about the characters and loved how the story unfolded