Following a devastating series of misfortunes, Lady Aribella Bardsley has bravely shouldered the responsibilities of her household. But just as the bleakness of her situation threatens to overwhelm her, a summons arrives from the Queen with a providential offer: Aribella’s presence is requested as a lady-in-waiting at the palace.
Prince Layton Wilhelm’s family has clung to their neutrality in the war for far too long. As the youngest of the King of Oldenburg’s eight sons, Layton is determined to prove his worth and is unwilling to turn a blind eye to Napoleon’s encroaching privateers. When Layton embarks on a journey to England, it is for one purpose: to petition the British navy for aid. But when he becomes acquainted with the lovely Lady Aribella, he cannot deny their powerful connection. Amid the intrigues and schemes within the walls of the palace, Layton and Aribella know a future together is impossible—but torn between loyalty and love, will they risk everything to follow their hearts?
What a lovely book. Very romantic. I think the cover is lovely too.
I really enjoyed this one and I think one of the main reasons why is because there wasn't a huge misunderstanding or fight between the main characters, driving them apart. The love was always there but circumstances drove them apart. I guess that just felt good around my heart. Both Layton and Aribella are kind and loyal- two of my very favorite characteristics in people. I loved them both, separately and together.
This whole book felt gentle to me and I think that was another reason I was so attracted to it. I really had a hard time putting it down. It had a fairy tale quality to it with castles and a handsome prince. I would sure love to visit a castle like the one described in this book one day! I also loved the bits of history woven in with King George and the royal family.
I sure hope we get more stories from this royal family of Wilhelm brothers! There are so many!
Content: mild peril, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.