True love doesn't come from position or status but by the whispers of the heart.
Miss Lavinia Thompson's life hasn't been a bed of roses. Being born on the wrong side of the blanket ensures she's not welcome within the glittering, respectable world of the London ton. Left with little choice, she embraced her status in the demi-monde, content to remain a mistress to whoever would pay the highest price. Until that life dimmed, and she wanted to be accepted for herself.
Percival Hughes, the 12th Earl of Laughton is a powerful man who takes great pride in his title and position within society. Until one night of drunken revelry when he accidentally weds his mistress thinking her his real bride-to-be. As the repercussions of his ill-fated decision rock the ton and shift the foundation of his life, he struggles to make peace with the fact he's wed to a highly unsuitable woman.
As the days go by, Lavinia and Percival grow close in their marriage of inconvenience. Outings in London with his young daughter form lasting bonds. While the new countess isn't readily accepted into the beau monde, Percival's determination to see her legitimate increases, but when forced proximity has romance blooming from desire, they retreat to keep their hearts aloof. To move forward together, they'll need to rely on trust and love, and perhaps a bit of faith, regardless of what viper-tongued society gossips say.
Heart-touching and Emotional
This is a beautifully written emotional story of a man whose grief has driven him to drink and the woman who will hopefully help him cope with his loss and break his habit.
On the eve of his wedding, Percival, Earl of Laughton, once again lost himself to drink. In his drunken state, he insisted that he marry the woman upstairs tonight, not tomorrow. The woman upstairs is not his betrothed, but Lavinia Thompson, his mistress. His best friends and Lavinia try to convince him otherwise, but he would not be swayed. So they marry. Now they must work together to make the marriage work and make their way into society. Lavinia exercises an abundance of patience with Percival. They spend time with each other and his daughter Deborah. He also gets some help and advice from his friends Lord Randolph and Lord Saintfort. There are a number of brutal setbacks, but there are the beginnings of a good marriage and a happy family. I enjoyed this heart-touching and poignant story. A great read. I recommend it.
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