In a bid to escape the incessant attentions of a man she does not love, governess Lucy Hayes embarks on a journey to begin a new post. But when she’s stranded in a storm, her plans go shockingly awry. Desperate times call for desperate measures: against her better judgment, she agrees to a foolhardy scheme presented by a handsome stranger, known to her as only William. But when her mysterious benefactor falls ill, she finds herself unwittingly drawn into his family home in a case of mistaken identity: they believe she is William’s betrothed. Though she realizes she should admit the truth, the family’s warmth and welcome make it all too easy to play along, just for a while. Until she meets Baron Lord Simon Calloway, William’s older brother.
Simon is suspicious of his lovely future sister-in-law, a woman who seems completely unsuited to his self-important brother. As they wait for William to awake, Simon and Lucy are drawn ever closer together. But danger draws closer too, in the form of her unwanted suitor. Lucy knows that when Simon discovers the truth, he will despise her. Now she must find a way to keep herself safe . . . and avoid falling hopelessly in love with a man she can never have.
First, I have to say that I love the cover of this book. It's so pretty.
Have you ever watch the movie "While You Were Sleeping"? This book is so much like that story but set in a regency time period. All those vibes were there. Mistaken identity, mistaken betrothal, some uncorrected assumptions and just like that, Lucy is in quite a predicament. She needs help so she lets the Calloway family continue in their assumptions but always feels so guilty about it. As she should. The growing friendship and awareness between Simon and Lucy was well done and I loved it. The last bit of the book picked up in pace and made for a very satisfying ending.
This story was endearing. There were so many likable characters who filled up the spaces in between and around Lucy and Simon. It was so easy to love them all. They made such a pretty familial picture. I really hope a story about Nick is in the works. He's a character I'd really love to know better.
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Content: very mild peril, kissing
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.