Dear Lady Truelove,
My ward is driving me crazy. I have to marry her off and get her out of my life. There’s just one problem…
When Jonathan Deverill promised a dying friend he’d be guardian to the man’s daughter, he envisioned a girl in pigtails and pinafores, a child he could leave behind in some finishing school. Problem is, his ward is actually a fully-grown, defiant beauty whose longing for romance threatens to make his guardianship a living hell.
New York heiress Marjorie McGann wants a London season and a titled husband who can help her spend the Yankee millions she’s inherited, and she thinks her new British guardian is the perfect person to help her find him. But Jonathan has no intention of letting his friend’s fortune be squandered. Under his watchful, protective eye, Marjorie finds romance hard to come by . . . until one fateful night when her own guardian’s devastating kisses makes her wonder if the greatest romance of all might be right in front of her.
The fourth and final Dear Lady Truelove historical (after 2019's Governess Gone Rogue), set in the last years of the 19th century, sacrifices the heroine's dreams for the hero's ambitions, which is unlikely to please 21st-century readers. Jonathan Deverill takes over guardianship of his late business partner's daughter and learns, to his surprise, that she isn't a child but a grown woman, Marjorie McGann. Stubborn and driven in her own right, Marjorie defies Jonathan's insistence that she stay at the New York boarding school where she is employed and instead follows him to London, hoping to find the perfect husband. Though Marjorie's temper frequently flares, obstinate Jonathan develops a sense of protection for her that warms to affection. Jonathan, however, is overly focused on his ambition, to the detriment of the romance. Marjorie must choose between Jonathan's manipulation and the confines of her dead-end teaching job, a dilemma that may be historically realistic but makes for unsatisfying fiction. Readers who associate historical romance with escapist wish fulfillment will find this effort disappointing.
The main hero is manipulative and disrespectful and I’m pretty sure even in these times a 20 year old woman did not need a guardian.