Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Thomas, find themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Their estrange Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and scheming Uncle Cline is determined to indulge his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges. Desperate to save her brother form a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice left—they must run.
Lizzy and Thomas sneak away and find refuge in an abandoned cabin. There they remain hidden—until fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Through his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust Mr. Barton. Soon Lizzy realizes he may be her best hope for a life in which she can live—and love—as she chooses . . .
From the very first moments of this book, I knew I was going to love Lizzy. She is determined, loyal and courageous. Her devotion to her brother was so endearing and I swear I could just feel her frantic desire to protect him. I was right there with her. And Barton? Yeah, I really loved him too. Kindness is one of the most attractive qualities in a man, I think. Barton was ever so kind and a born protector. I loved that. And him. Did I say that already?
Sometimes regency books can be a little placid in nature but not this story. I loved that from the very beginning there was tension and that feeling of intensity that kept building. I could feel that things were going to explode at some point but I just didn't know how. It was awesome. The ending was so satisfying. Take that, bad guys!
I really enjoyed this one. I read through it quickly because I just didn't want to put it down.
Content: mild violence, peril, kissing
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