Seducing Mr. Heywood: Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)

Seducing Mr. Heywood: Signet Regency Romance (InterMix)

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by Jo Manning
     
 

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 A “deft, diverting, and decidedly different” (Edith Layton) Signet Regency Romance from beloved author Jo Manning.

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After she bore her late husband two heirs, thrice widowed Lady Sophia Rowley courted with London’s high society and earned a tarnished reputation. Now, in

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 A “deft, diverting, and decidedly different” (Edith Layton) Signet Regency Romance from beloved author Jo Manning.

Available Digitally for the First Time

After she bore her late husband two heirs, thrice widowed Lady Sophia Rowley courted with London’s high society and earned a tarnished reputation. Now, in self-imposed exile in Yorkshire, Sophia is shocked to discover that her husband’s will names the handsome local vicar legal guardian of her sons.

Although Charles tutored the young Rowley boys, the news of his guardianship is as much a shock to him as it is to Lady Sophia. Despite her notoriety, Charles believes that Sophia needs to be cared for as much as her children, but the type of care she desires from Charles is a temptation the vicar is finding difficult to resist…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unlike the usual Regency-era heroine, Lady Sophia Rowley is neither powerless, chaste nor (in the terms of the period) young. Instead, she's wealthy, much married, the mother of two sons and a woman with a well-deserved reputation for sexual laxity. As the novel opens, Sophia who has spent most of her time in London, ignoring the restrictions of motherhood and marriage in favor of a frivolous existence among the fashionable set returns to her country estate to face the death of her elderly third husband. The local vicar, Charles Heywood, has been named guardian of her two sons. To her surprise, Heywood is not a pious curmudgeon, but a diffident and handsome young man. Charles is also surprised, not just by Sophia's beauty but by signs of intelligence and tenderness, which belie her lurid reputation. As time passes, both Charles and Sophia begin to understand how being sold into an early marriage by a grasping father forced Sophia to hide her vulnerability under a flamboyant mask. Their developing romance is complicated by the arrival of her father, who connives a variety of plots to steal her just-inherited riches. Manning (The Reluctant Guardian) has a light touch and crisp pacing that keep this familiar intrigue from cloying, and she faultlessly balances a lively plot with just enough period detail for an authentic Regency flavor. The unconventional power balance between the lovers adds a welcome twist, as does the magnitude of the inner challenges Sophia must confront. In the end, the reader is genuinely touched when the once-wayward heroine finally recognizes not only her true soul mate but also her real soul. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Lady Sophia Rowley is a thrice-widowed wild beauty whose latest scandalous escapade has sent her home to north Yorkshire. There, she is stunned to learn that her late husband has made the local vicar legal guardian to her two young sons-and as surprised as the vicar when they find themselves drawn to each other. An abused heroine who reclaims her life, a hero perceptive enough to see beyond the surface and strong enough to follow his own path, and an assortment of memorable secondary characters (including a truly disgusting villain) bring new life to a classic plot in this well-researched, occasionally soul-searching Regency. Although the "redeemed villain" hero is not unusual in today's romances, turning a wicked woman with a scarlet reputation into an appealing heroine is not so common and can be much harder to do. Manning takes a real risk with her new work, and, in the tradition if not necessarily the style of Mary Balogh, makes it work. Manning (The Reluctant Guardian) lives in Miami Beach, FL. [Manning is also a longtime LJ reviewer.-Ed.] Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101568101
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/14/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
318,659
File size:
1 MB

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