- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon; First edition edition (5 November 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263876136
- ISBN-13: 978-0263876130
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
- Customer Reviews: 22 customer ratings
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RITA ® Award Finalist and Kindle bestselling author Michelle Willingham has written over thirty historical romances, novellas, and short stories. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her husband and children. When she's not writing, Michelle enjoys reading, baking, and avoiding exercise at all costs. Visit her website at: www.michellewillingham.com.
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I thoroughly enjoyed it as the writer is one I admire and would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction of this nature.
Michael knows that he can never have Lady Hannah for his own, but it doesn't stop him from desiring her. But when scandal breaks, the pair find themselves thrown together on a journey to find the secret of Michael's birth. If this ordinary man is really now a prince - can he convince Hannah to be his royal bride?
I have read a couple of Michelle Willingham's Viking novels but never any of her Victorian ones so I didn't know what to expect when I started this, especially since I've been a bit hit or miss with M&B Historicals in the past.
This seems to be the second book in a series that started with The Accidental Countess and An Accidental Seduction . The characters from those books only made an appearance so the book stands nicely alone.
This book started a little slow but after a couple of chapters it really got going. Hannah seemed to epitomise the true Victorian girl with her morals and innocence and I loved the way she evolved throughout the book. Michael was also a good character - I love a brooding man! Together they had good, if not explosive chemistry, and interesting interactions.
The plot really kept my attention and was far-fetched but not so ridiculous that you couldn't get behind it. I felt it really flowed and once I got into the book I really enjoyed it.
If you're looking for a page-turning historical romance with interesting characters then I don't think you'll be disappointed with this book. 4 stars.
Hero is a soldier who fought in the Light Brigade and at Balaclava, was injured in Malta and shipped home, although none of the others of his unit were. Thus the mystery begins. The heroine is the daughter of a Marquess, and is expected to make a suitable marriage. A 'cad' interferes, forcing her parents to send her away in order to protect her 'reputation'.
What I particuarly liked about this book was that the twist was unexpected. You try to guess who the 'baddie' is, but it is wholly unexpected, and there is no hint of who it might be if you read the last pages.
So, if you enjoy historical romance, and want something with a bit of a twist, this is an excellent one to go for.
Set in the mid-1800's, the setting has been well-researched but still seems relevant today. The lead characters are headstrong, likeable people who are from the opposite side of the tracks - she is old money from a titled family and he is a pauper soldier who has been fighting in the Crimea.
When she is sent away to Germany following a scandal that she was an innocent victim of, one of her travelling companions is the Lieutenant, and from then on danger and intrigue result in them running away from their party on a quest to find out the truth about the Lieutenants' parentage.
Along the way there is plenty of romance and eventually a happy ending, but the story goes through plenty of twists and turns to get there.
Great for reading on holiday or on the plane, 4 stars.
Lady Hannah Chesterfield and Lieutenant Michael Thorpe are poles apart in social standing, she is a Marquess's daughter and he is a poor Lieutenant in the army just back from the Crimean War. He knows he is not good enough for her, or belongs in her world, but could a secret from his past mean she is not considered good enough for him?
I read the book in just over a day as I found it hard to put down once I had started. Lady Hannah is very prim and proper at the beginning of the novel and Michael soon breaks down her barriers. Romantic and passionate. Good stuff.
Though this story isn't particularly lacking i found it difficult to really get involved in the characters or sucked into the story the way i normally would. Its easy to understand the characters emotions and Hannahs complete and utter lack of knowledge on interactions with the opposite sex is quite amusing but overall its distinctly average and at points too far fetched to hold together
Fantastic story. Well done M&B. Could not put this book down.
Also, the kindle version was not overwhelmingly riddled with typos (for which I was very grateful!).
If this is your thing (and you'll probably be able to tell just from the synopsis if it's your thing) then you're not going to be disappointed. If you're a romance novel sceptic then this book is going to do nothing to challenge that view.