Since a perilous fall, Lucie Macbeth has been seeing more than a settled future as the heiress to a Scottish barony. The visions plaguing her include a man—one far above her class and breeding, and English to boot. He’s engaged to a duke’s granddaughter as well, and thus wholly inappropriate. Though she can’t marry him, and she won’t become any man’s leman, when the Sight warns her of danger to him her conscience, and her heart tell her she can’t walk away.
Since his return from Waterloo, Major Lord Rudgwick has been rusticating in the country teaching himself how to live as a man with only one hand and pondering how to end the engagement he contracted before his world turned upside down. But then a letter arrives from an old army comrade, requesting Rudgwick’s aid for his daughter, Lucie Macbeth, the woman he met one year earlier, the woman whose claims on his heart he can’t deny.
Mystery, Danger, and Romance
Lucie Macbeth is a strong independent woman. She also has the gift of ‘sight,’ which might be helpful. She met Tristan, Lord Rudgwick in Waterloo. Although they were attracted to each other, but it could go nowhere, as he was betrothed to another. They see each other again when Lucie comes to London to investigate the delay in her uncle’s will. This is a busy and engaging story. Tristan and Lucie would like to be together, but a lot has to come together before that can happen. First of course, there is the unwanted betrothal (neither Tristan nor Harmonia want it). Then, there is a mysterious problem with a will, corruption, smuggling, theft, blackmail, treason and a kidnapping. There is a variety of interesting characters, spunky ladies, brave soldiers, nasty villains, and at least one grumpy duke. Tristan and Lucie are great characters, individually and as a couple. I also like Lord Jeremy and Harmonia. An exciting and interesting story with adventure, danger, romance, and a couple of happily ever afters. A good read. I recommend it.
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