It was indisputably love at first sight. But Victoria Lyndon was merely the teenaged daughter of a vicar. . .while Robert Kemble was the dashing young earl of Macclesfield. Surely what their meddlesome fathers insisted must have been true-that he was a reckless seducer determined to destroy her innocence. . . and she was a shameless fortune hunter. So it most certainly was for the best when their plans to elope went hopelessly awry.
Even after a seven-year separation, Victoria-now a governess-still leaves Robert breathless. But how could he ever again trust the raven-haired deceiver who had shattered his soul? And Victoria could never give her heart a second time to the cad who so callously trampled on it the first. But a passion fated will not be denied, and vows of love yearn to be kept. . . even when one promises the moon.
Quinn (Minx, Birthright) begins her novel in Kent, England in 1809 and skillfully depicts the innocence of love at first sight. The irrepressible chemistry between Victoria Lyndon, the vicar's daughter, and Robert Kemble, the Earl of Maccelesfield, is derailed by their fathers' obstinate objections to the match. When Robert encounters Victoria working as a governess seven years later, however, they must face painful memories. A minimum of Regency texture is employed in exchange for focus on often amusing verbal sparring in this poignant battle of the sexes. Victoria, at last, finds comfort in her work at a fine London dress shop, but soon becomes the target of Robert's strategies to win her back: wooing with pastries, a siege of protective attention and abduction to a cottage by the sea-which is no resort. To use the confectionery metaphor, this is a meringue-light fluff, but none the worse for it.
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This book must have been written by a ghostwriter. The sentence structure/style is not on par with a usual Quinn novel. It lacks the usual humor/wit.
My new all time favorite!
The story is touching and also had me laughing out loud. Although there are times where both of the characters are frustrating, their actions are understandable and it does not make them unlikeable.