When Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor’s daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family’s governess—a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems.
His determination to solve the mystery of Miss Haverley begins to seriously undermine his interest in Miss Lindsay, who is confident he is about to offer for her. In the face of this, how can he pursue his interest in the family governess? Not only must he solve this dilemma, but he must discover what the petite woman is hiding.
When Miss Haverley begs him to resist satisfying his curiosity because such a course could bring her harm, his dilemma doubles. He is more determined than ever to rescue her from whatever demons she is trying to escape, for Miss Haverley alone seems to have the power to stir him to passion and hope for a new life.
Sometimes this girl is just in the mood for a good regency romance. This book fit the bill perfectly. Imagining those lovely dresses, walks in the garden and taking tea is all part of the regency charm.
Lord John is tired. After facing the atrocities of war, he is longing for a quiet life in the country to lift his spirits and rejuvenate his soul. Now he needs to find a wife who shares the same desires. Lord John thinks he knows what he wants but then he meets Miss Haverley and he becomes distracted by her loveliness and charm. He knows there is more to Miss Haverley than meets the eye. She is hiding something and he is determined to find out what and why.
Miss Haverley is a mystery and there are things about her that just don't add up. She has everyone wondering. Especially Lord John. He is determined to unravel her secrets because she is the sunshine and light to his darkness.
I enjoyed this book and it's characters. It was a gentle, easy read and I was quite content to stay in the English countryside with Lord John and Miss Haverley. I need to pick up the first book in this series because I'm so curious about Lord John's brother and his story. This book can stand alone though. I don't think you need to read the first to be fully invested in the second. It's just my curiosity now, driving me to read the first book. I know where I'll go when that regency mood hits again!