"Tartly elegant. . . . A vigorous, sparkling, and entertaining love story with plenty of Austen-ite wit." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance..." -Library Journal, starred review
"Readers who love lots of intrigue and historicals that sound properly historical will savor this one." -NPR
She couldn't forget…
Wealthy squire's daughter Margaret Honeywell was always meant to marry her neighbor, Frederick Burton-Smythe, but it's bastard-born Nicholas Seaton who has her heart. Raised alongside her on her father's estate, Nicholas is the rumored son of notorious highwayman Gentleman Jim. When Fred frames him for theft, Nicholas escapes into the night, vowing to find his legendary sire. But Nicholas never returns. A decade later, he's long been presumed dead.
He wouldn't forgive…
After years spent on the continent, John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare has finally come home to England. Tall, blond, and dangerous, he's on a mission to restore his family's honor. If he can mete out a bit of revenge along the way, so much the better. But he hasn't reckoned for Maggie Honeywell. She's bold and beautiful—and entirely convinced he's someone else.
As danger closes in, St. Clare is torn between love and vengeance. Will he sacrifice one to gain the other? Or with a little luck—and a lot of daring—will he find a way to have them both?
An overall good read. Can be read as a standalone. Very well-developed writing style with lots of research evident in the writing. Nice combination of romance and familial intrigue with a touch of adventure. A few typos, some over-explanations and consequent over-rehashing of information did break the immersion at times. The plot was predictable, and the mystique surrounding St. Clair’s identity felt weird and forced given the dual perspective of the writing. Margaret’s naivety, while understandable for her character, was very trying. This was published in 2020, why are we still damseling women?
Dashing and adventurous
This story had pretty much everything—adventure, intrigue, mystery, and of course, romance. The characters had depth, the plot moved quickly, and the obstacles were good and solid while being overcome in exciting and reasonable ways. A great weekend read!
Mimi Matthews never disappoints! This delicious little story is no exception