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Posted December 23, 2002
Valentine "Val" Wharton had once been a drunken rogue. His love, Penny, had married his best friend many years ago. He had tried to commit suicide (but Cupid shot him in the leg to stop him) and he almost killed his daughter, Felicity. Everyone had heard of him. Rumors had spread, as they often do. Valentine was ready to assume his responsibilities! He picked up his now ten-year-old daughter and was going to Wales, to St. David's. Needing a governess for Felicity, he hired Miss Elaine Deering, who reminded him much of Penny. Elaine did not really want to accept the position with Wharton. However, Lord Palmer, who had been her previous employer, had tried to take liberties with her and she ended up leaving the position. Lord Palmer chose that moment to travel to Gatehouse only for revenge. He intended to ruin her reputation and have her tossed into the streets. He would have succeeded if not for Wharton. Even hearing Palmer's claims, his offer of employment remained. Elaine accepted. Together they would learn about out another, visit Penny and (in a way) the past, and take a giant "leap of faith"! ** This one is a bit too slow, for my personal Regency taste. I kept getting the impression of the two main characters circling each other warily, though neither really had any reason to. I do not consider this story to be even half as good when compared to the other novels I have read from this same author. If this is the first time you have read a book by Elisabeth Fairchild and feel about it as I do, please do not write this author off. Purchase one of her earlier titles and give her another shot. Because Elisabeth Fairchild IS a very talented woman in the Regency Romance field. This story though, in my own opinion, just could not capture the attentions of readers. ** REVIEWER: DETRA FITCH.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.