London's most coveted lady meets the brooding hero of her dreams...so why isn't he falling for her charms?
A DARING EXPLORER…
In 1850's London, the city is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. With only months to prepare for another dangerous expedition, nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret. Until Will meets Charlotte Baker...
...IS NO MATCH FOR AN ADVENTUROUS HEART.
Vivacious Charlotte Baker is on a quest of her own- the discovery of a heroic husband to raise the family name. The Incomparable of the Season has bachelors panting at her dainty, spangled slippers but scandal is sinking the family and no aristocrat will have her to wed. When Charlotte meets Will—quite literally, the man of her dreams—no other man will do. The only problem is, marriage is the last thing on his mind.
The mantel clock is ticking. The tides are changing. What if an explorer's greatest adventure doesn't lie across an ocean, but within his own lost heart?
Brooding botanist and adventurer Will Repton and common-born socialite Charlotte Baker take center stage in this warm and complex Victorian romance. Will, recently returned to London after a six-year trip in China with a dire ending, manifests himself as the man of irrepressible Charlotte's romantic dreams when he pays a call on her brother-in-law and inadvertently gets presented among her suitors. His determination to fund a new expedition and return to Tibet, driven by a secret purpose, is at odds with her belief that they are destined to be together. More visits with her brother-in-law become a screen behind which Will informally courts Charlotte, displaying a depth of perception and understanding that her other beaux lack. Readers may become impatient with the obstacles between the lovers (which could be removed with a frank emotional discussion) and a bit of a kitchen-sink approach to the subplots, but the warmth of their romantic and intellectual connection, as well as the strongly drawn supporting characters, make this novel worth the reader's while.