As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.
And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.
Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?
No, no, and . . . Heh.
Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?
Dare's first Castles Ever After historical provides a unique twist to a fairy tale, complete with an ancient castle, a damsel in distress, and a wounded hero. In 19th-century England, Isolde "Izzy" Goodnight is left penniless when her father, who was a writer, dies. Her one ray of hope is a letter telling her that she has inherited Gostley Castle from her godfather. The castle turns out to be a crumbling structure that already has a resident: Ransom Vane, the Duke of Rothbury. After an accident left him blind, Ransom has secluded himself in the castle, not realizing that his agents sold it to the man who bequeathed it to Izzy. Certain that the truth of the building's ownership lies in the untouched correspondence on Ransom's desk, Izzy insists on becoming his secretary. While she is drawn to his masculine beauty, Izzy really falls for Ransom when his kindness belies his rakish behavior. Dare's lyrical writing and expert, intense character development make this a romance to be savored with the eager expectation of future series installments.
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Another great story
Tessa Dare is one of my favorites and she strikes gold again with the first book in her new series. I was sorry to have left spinster cove but I loved the Duke and Izzy's story. So funny and very romantical (it's a word; trust me). Do yourself a solid and lick this on up!
Funny, charming, descriptive and just an over all wonderful read. I would recommend it.
A beautiful story that does more than amuse
The characters are loving, well-developed, and bring their own imaginations to a delightful plot. The author, whom I'm unfamiliar with, writes an extraordinary tale of fantasy and romance. And she does this while respecting the reader's sensibilities. Finally, the blend of humor and pathos makes this novel a keeper. "Doubt not."