WOMEN SHOULD BE...
The end of the Crimean War brings Victoria Thorne home to face a society that frowns on women with brains, education and experience, especially one who could be a physician. Though she proves herself a skilled nurse, Victoria finds she is no where near as revered as her namesake. And worse, she is falling for her patient’s betrothed brother, the Earl of Cheriton.
Buckling to the pressure of his position, Robb Merrick, Earl of Cheriton, becomes engaged to a darling of society. Yet, to his great consternation, he finds himself captivated by his brother’s nurse. She makes Robb feel alive, instead of choked by his title and position. He craves the freedom to pledge his love and loyalty, but ending his betrothal means entangling them all in a horrendous scandal. He is an honorable gentleman; Robb can’t break his vow. Yet if he doesn’t, all hope of happiness is lost.
An Amazing Story
"Endings and Beginnings". This story literally grabbed me from the first page and I could not put it down until I turned the last. The storyline was fascinating with the heroine, Victoria Thorne's ties to Florence Nightingale and her service as a nurse in the Crimean War. She finds work with an injured patient from the war, who has not responded to any treatments by traditional physicians. But with her progressive thinking she begins to help him. Of course her patient's brother, Robb Merrick, the Earl of Cheriton is a constant distraction! Robb is engaged to the perfect woman but feels only friendship. There are so many facets to this tale that I do not want to give away. Fast paced and full of wonderful dialogue and characters that brought the story alive, there were several twists and turns I did not expect. As Robb and Victoria's attraction grows, is there any hope for their happiness? He engaged and she determined to continue as a nurse? An amazing story and I cannot wait to read more in this series! This book was gifted to me.