A 2016 RITA Finalist for Historical Romance!
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces a brand new gorgeous Regency Romance series featuring the Haddonfield ladies and their loves.
He’s had everything he could ever want…until now
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.
Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren’t for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives—protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita’s heart.
True Gentleman series
Tremaine's True Love (Book 1)
Daniel's True Desire (Book 2)
Will's True Wish (Book 3)
Grace Burrowes writes heroes you’ll never forget.
“Exquisite…breathtaking and heartwarming.” —Long and Short Reviews for Nicholas
“Delightfully different…Burrowes brings to life a deeply moving romance that’s sure to be remembered and treasured.” —RT Book Reviews Top Pick for Darius
Burrowes's first True Gentlemen Regency is as thoughtful as it is romantic. When Tremaine St. Michael visits Nicholas, Earl of Bellefonte, he insists that he can only spare a few days away from his business matters. But his stay extends as he becomes enthralled with Lady Nita Haddonfield, the earl's sister. Nita is pleasantly surprised that a gentleman such as Tremaine is willing to assist her with providing medical services to some of the area's poorest residents. Though Tremaine and Nita are quick to act on their attraction with very little courtship, she's less willing than he is to tie the knot, concerned that marriage will hamper her cherished independence. Burrowes (the Windham series) develops a multidimensional cast of characters amid rich depictions of rural aristocratic life in the early 19th century. The protagonists are brilliantly drawn, with plenty of romantic drama and witty repartee.
A wonderful introduction to a new series.
The first in a new series, Tremaine’s True love brings two very set in their ways, strong-minded and slightly out of the norm characters together. While some of the choices in this story are noticeable (Americanisms, some improbable behaviors/approaches from characters) the story is a wonderful escape read with some characters that are different from the norm.
Nita is the sister to the Earl of Bellefonte, and has been running the household and taken over the charitable works of the late Countess. With the marriage of her brother, she relinquished the management of the manor to her sister, and thrown herself headlong into providing care to the poor who aren’t properly treated by the local doctor. She wasn’t instantly engaging for me, although I thoroughly enjoyed her dedication to aiding the poor with medical and social care, her apparent disregard of societal convention and the absolute confusion she displays at the expectations for women of her social class seem a bit overblown. She wasn’t (pardon the pun) raised with the crofters, so I would have expected her to fully recognize and work around, not in spite of, those conventions. For the most part, however, her determination outweighed everything else with almost single-minded ardor: she was a bit more removed from her emotions than I would have expected, which brought a wonderful growth for her character as the story progressed.
Tremaine St. Michael is a half-French, half Scottish merchant, a Comte in his own right, and at the estate to negotiate on a price for a flock of merino sheep. Focused on his business and success, his family is estranged and removed, his life isn’t being spent searching for ‘the one’, let alone a wife.
These two were not a love at first sight match, Tremaine has his ideal wife’s outline solidly in his mind, and Nita is nothing close. Nita believes that no man will want her for a wife as she is patently unwilling to stop providing medical aid to the poor, and her time will be spent doing just that. With increased time together, both come to see that there is both chemistry and an opportunity to learn and compromise…on both sides. Their growth and discovery of just that fact, with both characters learning to give a bit to get more was unusual and quite clever, showing their connection as solid and built to last.
With lovely insets of family and a touch of tension and danger, the story had me reading right through. A wonderful introduction to a new series.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.