A Dream of Redemption: A Disgraced Lords Novel

A Dream of Redemption: A Disgraced Lords Novel

by Bronwen Evans

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ISBN-13: 9780425284247
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Series: Disgraced Lords Series , #8
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 40,985
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

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Chapter 1

London 1820

“Lord Portman has a large estate in Sussex, not so far from ours.”

On a long drawn-out sigh, Helen carefully replaced her cup of tea back on its saucer on the edge of her sister’s desk.

“Please stop. I am not interested in Lord Gerald Portman, and therefore there is no need for you to sing his praises.”

Although Lord Portman was a nice enough chap, when she chose a husband the first word she thought of to describe him would not be “nice.”

Virile. Handsome. Masculine . . .

Marisa sat back in her chair and rubbed a hand over her eyes.

“I know you mean well, Marisa, but I’ve decided to stop looking for a husband.”

“You’re giving up?” her sister all but yelled. “You’re three and twenty, Helen. Time is marching on.” Marisa eyed her suspiciously. “You’re not still in love with Hadley?”

“Don’t be silly. It was youthful infatuation. I’m pleased for Hadley and Evangeline.” And she was. She had once thought that Hadley Fullerton, Duke of Claymore, was her Prince Charming but he had never shown an ounce of interest in her other than as the younger sister of his best friend, her brother Sebastian.

“Then what is stopping you finding a husband?”

Helen let her sister rant for a few more minutes before calmly saying, “I did not say I was giving up. I’m merely stepping back and allowing fate the chance to play a hand.”

Slumped over her desk, Marisa asked, “Why?”

“Because all the women I know found the love of their lives through fate. All of them married amazing, handsome men who did not primp and line up at balls to dance with them. I won’t find what I’m looking for in the middle of a waltz.”

Marisa stayed silent. There was nothing she could say. Helen’s logic was irrefutable.

“I understand what you are saying but what if fate does not throw a man in your path?”

“I’m sure fate has some plan for me. Or else I would have given in to everyone’s meddling. Sebastian is worse than you. He keeps inviting young men to dinner, only he picks the most sedate and boring men in London.”

“He’s our brother. He’s hardly likely to bring a rake home to meet you.”

They both giggled. “I don’t want a rake either.”

Marisa raised her eyebrow.

“Only an honorable rake then,” Helen conceded. “Sometimes I think the Libertine Scholars are the only handsome, rakish, honorable rogues left, and I’ve missed out.”

Marisa had married Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton and one of a group of men society dubbed the Libertine Scholars due to their love of learning and wenching in their younger days.

Marisa preened. “It’s our fifth wedding anniversary in a few days, and I’m still giddy with love.”

Helen smiled and hugged her secret to herself. Marisa’s husband, Maitland, had asked Helen to come and stay to watch over the children and nanny while he whisked Marisa off to a secret location for a few days. He told her he wanted his beautiful wife all to himself, and he knew his wife would not leave their children with only the nanny.

Helen wished she could find a man as romantic as the Duke of Lyttleton.

Marisa added, “I must admit I would not have looked twice at the young men around the ton at the moment. Perhaps your idea of letting fate take a hand is the right one. You usually find something when you least expect.”
“It would help if I knew what I was looking for.”

Just then there was a knock on the door and the children’s nanny entered. “I’m sorry, Your Grace, but little Stephen is crying and won’t settle. He wants his mother.”

Her sister rose to see to her son. “Please wait, Helen. I want to discuss a trip to the modiste with you. I want the perfect dress to wear for my wedding anniversary.”

She nodded as Marisa left the room. Helen loved her nieces and nephews. They were orphans that Marisa had collected from the various orphanages she oversaw. She owned and controlled several. Five years ago, a carriage accident had left Marisa unable to have children, and Helen once thought her sister’s world had ended, but as she might have suspected, Marisa fought back, and with the love of Maitland set about building her lovely, if somewhat unconventional, family.

Speaking of which, Helen rose and moved to the wall to look at the portraits of Marisa and Maitland’s children, and the young men and women of the orphanages that Marisa had helped over the last five years. Her sister operated several to ensure the children were well looked after and educated, in order to move into a respectable trade and have a chance in life.

Marisa really was an amazing woman. Helen tried to help when she could but being unmarried meant she did not have the same freedom that Marisa had. She wished she could do more. Sometimes the wasteful life she led choked her. Caged in, a woman with a good brain, yet unable to use it for fear of being labeled a bluestocking. What was wrong with wanting to learn and experience the world? Balls, parties, gowns were not enough. Some days she thought she’d go mad from boredom.

Just then there was another soft knock at the door. She stayed silent, thinking that if there were no reply the person on the other side of the door would believe the room was empty. Instead, the door opened and in walked Mr. Clarence Homeward, her sister’s private secretary and overseer of the orphanages.

As always her eyes appreciated the man. She was not in his line of sight so for once she could stare to her heart’s content, and her body was very content.

Over the last five years he’d grown from a young and unsure lad into a “cannot help but notice him” man. He’d filled out. He was tall, big, and all lean, hard muscle. He still had his ebony ringlets but his chiseled cheekbones and strong jaw didn’t let his hair make him look feminine. His virility and beauty knocked the breath from her lungs every time she saw him.
 

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A Dream of Redemption: A Disgraced Lords Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow what an amazing book, I thought there is no way for this marriage to be allowed I this time . Bronwen Evans just proved me wrong. There are so many sad things that happen to Clary but he overcomes them. Helen is such a sweetheart you will love them both. Plus you will hear from a few of the other books characters. She is such a great writer. I highly recommend all her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and enjoyed the series but in this book the main characters seemed too young, like teen first love. I felt that Clary should have been older, more in control, more mature.And, I hated the name Clary for a man. This didn't work for me.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this series and looked forward to this book. I was not disappointed. Helen and Clary are lovable characters that we met in earlier stories. It takes place a few years after the last one. Helen learns about the unfairness in her world and wants to make a difference. Together with Clary, they help orphans as their love grows. Clary's secret past is an obstacle for him, and then all the danger around makes them choose what is most important to them. I highly recommend this story and the series. I received a copy of this through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
A Dream of Redemption is a gripping story that illustrates the high and the low of life in London. Marissa, Duchess of Lyttleton, rescued Clarence Homeward from a life of poverty and degradation. He now works as her secretary. When he and Lady Helen, Marissa’s sister, work together to reform the latest of her orphanage acquisitions, they find horrible conditions and more. This is a story of awareness, excitement, danger, forgiveness and an out-of-the-ordinary romance. Strong characters and a hold-your-breath story make this one not to miss. I received and ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1815 Lady Marisa, the Duchess of Lyttleton, is the beloved wife of Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton. She has recently undergone an operation to save her life after having been wounded. Her sister, Lady Helen, has arrived to be with her. Outside her sister’s room, Helen encounters a young man about her own age, (18) but dressed with lots of frills. He says his name is Clarence and asks to know the condition of Lady Marisa. Helen discovers that he has a younger brother Simon, and now she wants to know why they are staying in her sister’s house. London - 1820 Marisa is trying to interest Helen in Lord Gerald Portman, but she is not interested. Even their brother, Sebastian, has tried to find a husband for her. At age 23, Helen informs Marisa that she has decided to stop looking for a husband for the time being. Marisa operates several orphanages and over the years has adopted many children from them. Mr. Clarence (Clary) Homeward is Marisa’s private secretary and overseer of the orphanages. With Marisa so busy, Helen volunteers to help so she will accompany Clary to inspect a new orphanage they are planning to acquire in Southwark. Clary appears to not be pleased because he thinks Helen is just a society girl. He secretly thinks Helen is a beautiful angel and has loved her from afar for years, yet he feels he is not good enough for her. He has no title and it is expected that Helen will marry a titled man. Clary and Simon were dumped on the streets at a young age and Clary endured horrible things to care for both of them. He knows his past does not make him good enough for Helen no matter how much he loves her. As they work together with the new orphanage, they encounter danger and very distasteful sights. Helen shows her mettle and she and Clary fall deeply in love. But they know they have to be secretive about it. Clary is reluctant to tell Helen the horrible things he was victim too when he was young. Yet he endured it to save his brother Simon. How can he ever expect Helen to understand? This is a very emotional story with what some people may find as offensive events but is real and is still happening. The author handled this subject beautifully and I commend her for it. Readers will find this very touching. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
I think this one is another favorite of mine, in THE DISGRACED LORDS, #8 series! I absolutely loved Helen and Cleary. Although, I must say Helen is a bit naive of the world's orphans, but she redeems herself rather quickly. I loved her bookish and independent ways and her desire to help the orphans and find the ones responsible for the human trafficking that is taking place. I loved Clary, his secrets, and his past, though no fault of his own, made him the man he became. His love to help children was totally hero material. His love for his younger brother was definitely family oriented. Clary understood how orphans could be treated, due to his past, which made him feel unworthy of Helen, absolutely brilliant. The author did a remarkable job with her characterization,and her descriptions, which both are emotional and made me cry. The conditions of these orphans were realistic, dramatic and thought provoking. Thank you for your wonderful, thought provoking and emotional stories. The romance was perfect, the sensual tension and the passion was not over the top to me. Tentative, emotional and dramatic with mystery and suspense. Definitely a page turner and another true treasure!! Brilliantly and masterfully written, as your fans have come to appreciate from you. You certainly can tell a powerful and emotional romance!! I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own, I enjoyed it so much I purchased a copy as well.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
I think this one is another favorite of mine, in THE DISGRACED LORDS, #8 series! I absolutely loved Helen and Cleary. Although, I must say Helen is a bit naive of the world's orphans, but she redeems herself rather quickly. I loved her bookish and independent ways and her desire to help the orphans and find the ones responsible for the human trafficking that is taking place. I loved Clary, his secrets, and his past, though no fault of his own, made him the man he became. His love to help children was totally hero material. His love for his younger brother was definitely family oriented. Clary understood how orphans could be treated, due to his past, which made him feel unworthy of Helen, absolutely brilliant. The author did a remarkable job with her characterization,and her descriptions, which both are emotional and made me cry. The conditions of these orphans were realistic, dramatic and thought provoking. Thank you for your wonderful, thought provoking and emotional stories. The romance was perfect, the sensual tension and the passion was not over the top to me. Tentative, emotional and dramatic with mystery and suspense. Definitely a page turner and another true treasure!! Brilliantly and masterfully written, as your fans have come to appreciate from you. You certainly can tell a powerful and emotional romance!! I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own, I enjoyed it so much I purchased a copy as well.
candy-b More than 1 year ago
elen Hawkestone is a young and sweet woman. She is sister to a Marquis and has a brother -in-law who is a duke. So she comes from good stock. But she does not care about society, her brother is looking for a husband for her. Clary Homeward has had a very bad past, but five years ago he was given a second chance for both his brother and him. He is the secretary to the Duchess and helps her with the orphanages she buys and maintains. Helen wants to help, so she goes to the newest orphanage. I t is filthy, falling apart and the children look to be in bad shape. The problems brought up in the tale are the same as we still deal with now. The characters are so full of life, caring and trying to right a problem. Ms. Evans always gives us the best books, and keeps us ...very entertained. Her writing is among the best and she will never disappoint. I received this ARC free and voluntarily reviewed it.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
A Dream Of Redemption by Bronwen Evans is a drama-filled historical romance. Ms. Evans has delivered another well-written book. The characters are phenomenal. Lady Helen is a member of the ton. Clary grew up in a male/male brothel. Helen and Clary's story is packed with drama, suspense, action, humor and sizzle. I enjoyed reading every page of A Dream Of Redemption and look forward to reading more from Bronwen Evans in the future. A Dream Of Redemption is book 8 of The Disgraced Lords Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another lovely story -- Clary was such a tortured soul, a character you can't help but love, although he's thoroughly lovable anyway -- I knew this story was going to be great and Bronwen did it again. All the feels, though part of a series can be read on its own.
PatD More than 1 year ago
Lady Helen has decided to let fate choose her perfect marriage partner, as it did her sister Marissa's. In the meantime she volunteers to help her sister with her orphanages. Marissa's man of business is the gorgeous and efficient Clarence. Clary entered their lives five years previously when he helped save Marissa's life. He and Helen are attracted to one another but he is reluctant to pursue it. His past and his not being well born preclude a future with the Lady Helen. Marissa directs him to guide Helen in her evaluation of the newest orphanage purchased. This is Helen's introduction to a dirty seamy underworld where children are bought and sold. Clary does not want to spoil her innocence. Helen does not want to be sheltered. Their story is full of action, intrigue, and passion.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Helen and Clary's story. Learning of Clary's story (although hinted at earlier in the series), just broke my heart. That a child would have to go through all of that just to survive. His experiences make him into the man that he is, but it also make him think that he is not good enough for a woman like Helen. Helen had lived the typical ton life and had not been exposed to the seedier side of London. When she talks her sister into letting her help Clary with the orphanage, she is exposed to a side of life she never imagined. But having now been exposed to it, she wants to do all she can to help. As the pair spend more and more time together, they get involved in more ways than helping out the orphans. Can they overcome t
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will love overcome, in this immersing historical read! Abandonment, abuse, sexual predators and, especially, guilt are effectively engaged in this standalone journey. Helen is the quiet intellectual ton member. Clarence is honorable and street savvy. They are attracted but he is far below her station. Coming together could cause them both to lose so much...(8th book in series). Voluntarily read ARC, thru Netgalley and Loveswept, for honest review.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Lady Helen Hawkestone was tired of being paraded in front of eligible bachelors in an effort to find a husband. She decided to let fate handle it. To take her mind off of her marriage woes, she started helping her sister raise some funds for an orphanage. Clary Homeward is also dealing with the orphanage, and doesn’t believe he needs help from a debutante who sets his blood aflame with desire. When children go missing, Helen and Clary team up to find the culprits and rescue the children. But, when secrets are revealed about Clary, will it ruin his chance with Helen? Ms. Evans is one of my favorite authors. She writes romantic fiction with a sense of history and a gift to showcase the ills of the world in a hopeful light. Romantic historical fiction can seem fake and full of fluff, nothing real or substantial. This series is different. The world is not viewed through rose colored glasses. But, with a bunch of characters who are full of flaws, yet look to better themselves and the world around them. The events of these tales test the character’s determination and sanity. This story is a wonderful installment, and I can’t wait to read the next one. An advanced reader’s copy was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.
nku More than 1 year ago
A Dream of Redemption (The Disgraced Lords, #8) by Bronwen Evans.... This book in the Disgraced Lords series deals with some dark issues that continue in modern times... I was lucky to preview this book through #NetGalley. This is a forbidden love between Helen..a beautiful "blue stocking" and Clary a man who has pulled himself and his brother from the hell of London streets to a better life. This book has all the feels ...some are eye openers... There is a HEA and Bronwen gets you there.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
After living through her parents volatile marriage Lady Helen Hawkestone has no interest in marriage unless fate brings her love. She had no idea it would be the boy she once met outside her sister Marisa’s sick room five years ago. Clarence “Clary” Homeward knows how low in life one can get even if he had no choice in the matter. When he helped to save Lady Marisa she in turn gave him and his brother Simon a chance at a new life with a future that he craved. Clary sparks feeling in Helen that she’s never had for another man and she knows fate has lead him to her. Wanting to spend time with him Helen begs Marisa to let her help with the new orphanage. Clary has pined for Helen since the day he met her and knows this will lead to heartbreak but he longs to spend time with her. Helen could not of foreseen how her life would change that day. Her innocent and naive look at the world would be forever shattered and her feelings for Clary would only grow by the day. Clary loves Helen but his shame of the past still chocks him and the fear of losing the life and freedom he’s worked so hard for was a wall Helen may never break through. Helen wants Clary but only if he’s willing to fight for her and the life he deserves. Helen was beautiful but cared nothing for the ton and their ways. She was a strong and very bullheaded woman and when she wanted something she went after it. Clary was a strong proud but conflicted man, he had a life’s path and goal that he would not sway from. Fate had other plans if he’d only believe and see he deserved more. I love this series and I can’t wait for the next book.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Second chances at life rarely come. Especially when you were abandoned as a child on the streets with your little brother and are taken in by an awful person. Forced to live a life beyond description, Clary Homeward and his brother Simon, were saved by Lady Marisa. Clary becomes Lady Marisa's secretary and helps with her endeavors to save orphans and children on the street. When Marisa's sister, Helen wants to become involved in the orphanages, she is thrown together with Clary and it is his worst fear. You see, he had seen Helen a few years back when he was first rescued by Marisa and he had a memory of her as an Angel. That image does not go away as they spend time together but he knows he is not good enough for her. Helen has really been sheltered her whole life and is shocked to see the fate of children from the streets and wholeheartedly becomes involved. With a villain who is stealing children for nefarious reasons and a struggle to save them, this story will uncover some of the darker places during this time period. But there is so much light to be found and with the strong characters that come to life, hope is possible. This was a story of the very bases of emotion and love and that there is sometimes a lot to be said for perseverance and realizing that life can be good with wonderful support and believing in yourself! This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone story.
Noire More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book to read from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. A Dream of Redemption is the eighth book in Bronwen Evans The Disgraced Lord Series. It can be read as a stand-alone but as many of the characters from this book have stories in the other books it’s probably best to read them all. Lady Helen Hawkestone raised in a sheltered life of wealth and privilege has her eyes opened when tired of the marriage mart she asks her sister to help out at one of her orphanages in order to give her life purpose. Clarence (Clary) Homeward comes from less than nothing he doesn’t know who his parents were or even his last name. After Helen’s sister Marisa rescues him from a brothel he becomes her devoted assistant helping her with the day to day running of the orphanages. Helen and Clary spend time together working to help save some of the orphans from a child slavery ring and fall in love. Clary burdened by his horrible past feels that he would never be good enough for the sweet pure angel that is Helen. Very steamy. Publishing Date February 20, 2018. #AdreamOfRedemption #NetGalley.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a light, frothy story, don’t waste your time reading this review. The Disgraced Lords is one of the best historical romance series around and A DREAM OF REDEMPTION is another astonishing example of Bronwen Evans’ talent. Clary was introduced in the previous book, but even readers who have not read this series can readily dive in because, even though this is book eight in the series, it does stand alone. Ms. Evans doesn’t shy away from difficult issues, and A DREAM OF REDEMPTION is an intense and gripping look at romance involving people belonging to different classes in the Regency era. What makes A DREAM OF REDEMPTION so special is the way Ms. Evans wrote the story: even as Clary and Helen know that their ever being able to marry seems like a dream, they cannot stop the attraction they both feel, but giving in to that attraction could cost them everything they have. Still, while working alongside Clary, her outlook is forever changed; she has found her calling, but she has also found the one. Clary already knows that he loves her, but Helen is not a dreamer; when she realises that she really does love Clary, she also realises that being together would lead to disaster for both of them; and Bronwen Evans did not take the easy road in telling her story. Clary is ashamed of what he had to do to survive, but there is nothing he can change about it. Could their love survive losing everything? Is their love strong enough, is it really love? Issues are discussed honestly, soberly examined, every little objection is weighed; is it all worth it? Clary and Helen look realistically at the slim probabilities of their romance becoming a reality. What a journey! Helen and Clary are two of the most fascinating characters I have ever read. This is a book that held me captive, and one of the most complex romances I have ever read. A DREAM OF REDEMPTION is a book that must be read by anyone who craves a deeply moving romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.