An awesome, engaging and poignant story. Great to remember the heroes who sacrificed much to protect, defend and love the babies who may become innocent victims in 'unplanned' pregnancies. Every child is precious.
This book would have to be my favourite of Kristi Ann Hunter’s novels that I’ve read so far. I’ve said from the beginning of this series that I love its premise, but I found myself a little disappointed with the way the story played out at the end of the previous book. Not so with this one.
The first thing I loved was how gradually the attraction developed between Daphne and William. Far from being instantly attracted to William, Daphne virtually goes into shock the first time she lays eyes on him (you’ll see why as soon as you begin reading), and William thinks his new housekeeper is rather an odd duck and wonders if he’s going to have to fire her. But time gradually alters those initial impressions and they begin to take a more accurate measure of each other’s character, and it’s only as their interactions increase that they begin to recognise that deeper feelings are developing.
The other big winner for me was that this story didn’t follow a predictable path at all. Given the number of secrets Daphne is trying to keep (secrets that have been kept with the best of intentions, but have now painted her into a corner), it would have been so easy for this story to go the clichéd route: heroine has secret, hero and heroine build relationship, all comes crashing down when hero discovers the secrets heroine has been keeping and his trust is broken. This story went much deeper than that, and my appreciation of William only grew with each passing chapter—particularly as those secrets began to come out—because he saw who Daphne was and what she needed. As determined as he became to court her affections, he was committed to doing so at her pace rather than his own.
Finally, this isn’t just a romance; this is a story of restoration for Daphne—one that has been over tens years in the making. If you also happen to love a rural Regency setting, then that’s just the icing on the cake. And historical romance lovers will devour every crumb.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.