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I am impressed with Deb Marlowe's astute grasp of the subtleties of human nature and interactions. The tenderness between the young lady Lizbeth and 8-year-old Aurelia is really touching. Aurelia is such a lovely child dealing with the grief of her parents' deaths. Lord Cotsworth is an idiosyncratic, reclusive man who has been hiding from society in a way, but this young girl becomes his ward. The hero and heroine were both likable and admirable. Excellent and must-read example of governess-themed romance. FYI, there is only one somewhat steamy love scene. The subtle strategizing by characters reminds me of Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series. Courtney Milan fans should try this Half Moon series by Deb Marlowe, especially this one. I also really love that this novella is bookended with scenes showcasing how the smart and bold Hestia Wright, an illustrious former courtesan, is finding someone to help. I do not know of any other historical romance series doing anything quite like it. Furthermore, we see a fascinatingly intimate moment of Hestia's letting us know a secret from her past.
Lisbeth has run away from home - her stepfather wants her to marry a local squire in exchange for a prize bull. Her friend was supposed to meet her at the museum and take her to stay with his mother, but he does not show. Aurelia is a little girl who has lost her parents. Her guardian is too busy with his work (and secluding himself from society) to pay attention to her, so she frequently escapes to the museum, where she feels close to her father. Hestia brings Lisbeth and Aurelia together, and a bond is instantly formed. Enter the guardian, Lord Cotwell, and things start to get complicated.
What a delightful read. The writing drew me in and I was so involved with Lisbeth, Lord Cotwell and Aurelia I had finished the story with a satisfied sigh and smile within a few hours. I hadn't meant to read it in one go, but there you have it. Deb Marlowe frames the story of two hurting people (who are tailor made for each other - this is a romance) with Hestia Wright, an intriguing character herself. I'm sure she turns up in other books and more of her situation is disclosed. I would like to learn more of her. She also plays a small part in terms of page time, not importance, to the storyline of this book.
Lisbeth is a young woman of strength and character who has been belittled and made to feel inferior by her stepfather. She has run off to avoid being traded in marriage for a bull to build his herd. Hestia sees her waiting in the British Museum for a friend who has agreed to help her - but fails to show. Hestia brings about the meeting of Lisbeth and Aurelia, a little girl who has been in the museum unattended for hours. Lisbeth and Aurelia take to each other and Lisbeth ends up staying as nurse/governess - on a temporary basis - with Aurelia and Lord Cotwell, Aurelia's bear of a guardian.
The different threads of the story, Lisbeth's story, Lord Cotwell's past, even the friend who stood her up, are all woven together seamlessly and believably. I found the book well-written in style, development of characters and plot. There were a few typos, but no misuses of the English language such as I have found in other books where people use words that they obviously don't know the meaning of. And the typos were so few that they weren't distracting.
Altogether an agreeable way to spend a wintry morning.
The Characters emotions are very realistic. The Hero is a good guy that has been hurt and disillusioned by unkind ribbing and therefore isolates himself . The Heroine ha s been used as a workhorse and was to be bartered off for a cow. These two souls meet and warm your heart with their come back t o life, all the while both are being watched over by Hestia, without them knowing it. At the end you will so glad you read this book, your heart will be warm. This author has a special gift above most author's, her characters are alive for you!
Short, sweet, and perfect! Being a tall girl myself, Lisbeth struck a chord in me. Attempting to escape a loveless match, she runs off to London and a meeting at the Museum of Natural History. But she doesn't meet the man she was expecting...and that is the best thing that could happen to her!
I really thought this was a refreshing read. I like a female with strength in person and spirit and Lizbeth is a great female character with more than hormonal needs. I will be reading more by this author very soon. Please read some of mine as well. Lorie Van Gorp
I read the first novella in this series and it was so good I had to read this one. The author's writing is captivating. I was enthralled with the story and can't wait to see if Vickers and Hestia will some day have their own happy endings.(Hint to the author.) I can't believe a novella could be so satisfying although I would have loved to read more about Lisbeth and the baron. I didn't want to leave their world. :)
I truly enjoyed this story. All of the major characters shared similar problems and emotions. I enjoy a book that has a good story line and no elicit sex scenes. This story had a small sexual encounter. Had I known before hand I probably would not have read it,however I'm glad I did. I just skipped a few page so I'm not sure how far it went.