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The Dark Earl

The Dark Earl

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by Virginia Henley
     
 

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Is it about the man… or the manor?

It’s love at first sight for Lady Harriet Hamilton—love with Thomas Anson’s ancestral home, that is. Thomas’s father, the Earl of Lichfield, has gambled away the family’s honor, and now it’s cost them everything at Shugborough Hall. The estate sale is shameful enough for Thomas

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Is it about the man… or the manor?

It’s love at first sight for Lady Harriet Hamilton—love with Thomas Anson’s ancestral home, that is. Thomas’s father, the Earl of Lichfield, has gambled away the family’s honor, and now it’s cost them everything at Shugborough Hall. The estate sale is shameful enough for Thomas without some little brat sneaking around his property, but vivacious Harry has caught him sneaking around as well…

When they meet again years later, neither Harry nor Viscount Anson has forgotten their encounter. While Thomas has grown into the exact opposite of his reprobate father, Harry is outspoken, audacious, and now, Thomas must admit, quite a beauty. But he’s committed to restoring the family holdings, not chasing after a wife. If only she wasn’t hurling herself against his principles—and having such a good time doing it…  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harriet, called Harry, is the audacious and daring eldest of the Hamilton daughters. Harry and her family set fashion rather than following it, merrily ignoring (and often mocking) the strictures of Victorian society as they talk about sex, read titillating novels, and have intimate encounters. Harry is fascinated by old houses, and she claims unwillingness to marry any suitor whose home doesn't meet her standards. Hidden beneath this cool facade is her love and desire for Thomas Anson, the future earl of Lichfield and her childhood acquaintance. She's desperately worried that he doesn't love her, but as she tests him, he proves his devotion in a variety of entertaining ways. The characters are refreshingly fun and the story is a delightful romp from beginning to end, with the perfect balance of impudence and romance. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101547496
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
303,120
File size:
462 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Virginia Henley is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages. A grandmother of three, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband.

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The Dark Earl 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1842 Staffordshire, England, the Lichfield family is selling the contents of Shugborough Hall at auction to pay off the gambling debts run up by the patriarch Earl. Nine year old Harriet "Harry" Hamilton accompanies her mom the Duchess of Abercorn to the estate. She loves houses but especially when she sees this one as she tells herself: "I wish you were mine." She and the owner's son Thomas Anson meet and argue. However, he has bigger concerns as his odious father burns down his insured other estate Ranton; Thomas vows to restore his beloved Shugborough Hall to its glory when he inherits. In 1854, Harry and Thomas know each other socially but each conceals a deep attraction to the other. Harry has suitors who fall in love and marry her sisters with her blessing. Thomas must marry an heiress or lose his rights to Shugborough Hall. He proposes to Harry who accepts. The couple is happy together until she learns his reason for a hasty marriage; though true he asked her because he loved her before they married and plans to prove he still does. Virginia Henley is perhaps the best author over the passed decade when it comes to bringing alive the Historical aspects in a historical romance. Her latest is made fresh by the matchmaking House that the lead couple cherishes. Bringing alive the early Victorian era, Ms. Henley provides another strong tale that her grateful fans will appreciate. Harriet Klausner
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I am so glad i read it for free at the library. not worth even a dollar!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How did this book get 4 stars? I kept plodding through hoping it would get better, but just couldn't get interested. I gave up with only 100 pages left, but I just don't care how it ends. This is going to my "Yuck" shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is seriously lacking in storyline and details. I felt bored reading this and didnt feel any connection of spice or romance between harry and thomas. I have read all of this authors books and find the last few releases disapointing. I would not recommend this book to anyone.