Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady’s companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.
Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters’ scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he’s impossibly drawn to the dowager’s quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their worlds?
I always, always look forward to Sarah Eden's books. My heart and mind have come to know exactly how her books feel because Sarah Eden's book definitely do have a certain feel to them. It's so gentle and the words flow effortlessly.
One of the things I love best about Sarah Eden's books is how she makes characters come alive. They are real to me; flawed, hurting and sometimes broken but no matter how they come, I always end up loving them. By the end of the book I feel as though I know these characters intimately and personally. It's my favorite thing.
Linus is the perfect gentleman. He is so perceptive, patient and kind. His generous personality made me love him. And the moments with the children melted my heart. Ugh, I'm swoony just thinking about it. Anyway, Linus is the perfect man for Arabella, who needs that perceptive intuition and gentle kindness. These two! 💙
I loved that I got to see so many old friends from previous books. It lends itself to such a familial feeling.
This is a slow moving, gentle story. It flows beautifully but won't leave your heart racing. I was invested from beginning to end. What a great addition to this series. I cannot wait to read what comes next. Hopefully it will be the youngest Jonquil brother, Charlie, because he was a major player in this book and I'm all kinds of intrigued by him!
Content: a couple instances of mild peril, verbal abuse mentioned, clean romance
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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