- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1 edition (6 March 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425206807
- ISBN-13: 978-0425206805
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.5 x 17 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Anne started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world. Originally published by Harlequin Books, she now writes Regency-era historical romances for Berkley (Penguin USA) and Penguin Australia, but instead of her new career taking her back to exotic overseas locations, she turned into a cave-bound writer-hermit.
Anne is a former president of Romance Writers of Australia. She lives in Melbourne in a small, elderly wooden house, but she's too busy writing to renovate. Anne's books are published in sixteen languages, have been shortlisted five times for the prestigious RITA award (USA), have twice won the Romantic Book of the Year (Australia) and the National Reader's Choice Award (USA), and have been listed in Library Journal and NPR's (USA) best books of the year.
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Grace was the youngest daughter of the family. She didn't remember her parents and have fond memories of their love like her older sisters. She deserved a fairy tale romance. She deserved to be swept off her feet by a dashing gentleman who admired her and treated her with respect. I was disgusted to see her depicted as a companion in disguise who succumbed to frequent kisses from her friend's fiancé. Then, there was the scene where he sucked her toes! Ugh! Finally, she loses her virginity to this cad and the next day, we learn the banns are about to be read for the betrothed couple. Is the hero deterred? No he tells my dear Grace that he intends to keep her as his mistress and leave with her her after his wedding. This is the guy for Grace? I found him completely unacceptable and lacking the honor Grace's hero needed. I wish the brother-in-laws had sent him packing until he proved himself worthy of Grace.
Melly got her prince in the end. Grace, however, should be concerned about the fidelity of her hero. He didn't strike me as the trustworthy, monogamous type.
In this book, the sisters have escaped their harsh background and live with their kind granduncle, Oswald, in London. Hope and Faith are twins - mirror images of one another and although Faith does have a gentleman who interests her in this book, Hope is the primary character along with our hero - Sebastian Treyne - the man who, once he has caught sight of her, will never be the same.
Sebastian has left his very busy life - he's the owner of several mills - to come to London to find a wife who will be able to help him raise his two young sisters who have had a very troublesome past. In fact the youngest will not speak. Sebastian is a widower - having been married once before in a marriage of convenience. Sebastian is big and strong and has a no nonsense approach to life. It's obvious he's had some strong disillusionments in his life, the facts of which are revealed throughout the course of the book. Again, some of the specifics aren't easy to digest. Yet, the old adage that "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger" could be appropriately applied to the person he's become. His practical approach to life results in him being able to focus on the woman he came to London to meet and marry - that being the mousy, Lady Elinore, who seems to fit his idea of what he wants in a wife.
Once Sebastian gets a glimpse of Hope Merridew, he's simply entranced, pure and simple. Try as he might to continually court Elinore and stay away from Hope, it's simply impossible. Thankfully, he's got his good friend, Giles, to be his backup for Lady Elinore which results in a truly remarkable secondary romantic side story. Although Sebastian assumes Hope and her sisters are the same old spoiled, shallow young ladies predominant among the ton, he's in for a big surprise as he begins to see the depth of character in Hope.
I loved Hope's bright outlook on life and her determination to try and not allow her past to blight her future. Dark, foreboding Sebastian needs the light Hope has inside to brighten his life and eventually he does begin to realize there is a better way to live than he's thought possible. His young sisters have a backstory of their own, both being tough nuts to crack as they take steps toward their wholeness. Again, Hope is instrumental in helping lift them out of the pit of their dark background and sad memories of their past.
I really did enjoy this book. For the Merridew fans, the book ends with the girls all getting together for a kind of catchup on the lives of Prudence and Charity and their families.