Please Note: This is an expanded version of a very similar book published under the title His Lordship's Vow.
Bereft of beauty as well as fortune, the exceedingly plain Miss Jane Featherstone has failed to attract any suitor during her three Seasons. Rather than be a burden to her brother and his obnoxious wife, Miss Featherstone vows to accept the first man who asks—even though she's always worshipped a lord who's far above her touch. . .
Lord Slade must marry an heiress in order to honor the deathbed vow he made to his father, and he needs Miss Featherstone's help in wooing her beautiful cousin. After her initial anger, Miss Featherstone agrees to his scheme, telling him she's doing so because she admires his Parliamentary record of humanitarian legislation and his reverence for truth. But the more he's with the two cousins, the more attracted he becomes to Miss Featherstone. What's a man of his word to do? Break a vow to a beloved father—or follow his heart with Miss Featherstone?
In the second story of the Lords of Eton series, Jack St. John (SinJin to his friends) has become the East of Slade. He has taken his seat in Parliament and is enthusiastic and successful in his political efforts. However, the earldom is not wealthy and he needs money to dower his sisters and fulfill the vow he made to his father that he would not let the ancestral home crumble to dust. He turns to his friend Jane Featherstone to help him court and win her cousin who is an heiress. Although Jane loves Jack, she agrees. Things don’t go exactly as they planned.
With the stage set, this story allows the reader to enjoy the interaction of the characters and just wait to see how it all works out. There is a very nice solution to the Lord Slade’s dilemma. All he needs to do is recognize it. The characters are likeable, and they like each other. There is a little excitement in the political element of the story, only a dash of action, but interesting. I recommend this one to those who like sweet romances with a little surprise.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The review is my own.