A Love to Remember: A Disgraced Lords Novel

A Love to Remember: A Disgraced Lords Novel

by Bronwen Evans

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A fiercely independent duchess and a brooding, reclusive earl are tested by the demands of desire in this unforgettable romance from the USA Today bestselling author of A Kiss of Lies and A Night of Forever.

For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.

The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.

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Praise for A Love to Remember

“OMG! This book was amazing, it is well written, flows perfectly, has super-hot love scenes, a lot of action, a bit of angst, [and] moments when you want to smack the hero.”—Flippin’ Pages Book Review Blog
“The story is totally engaging and I had a hard time putting it down.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews (five stars)

A Love to Remember by Bronwen Evans is an awesome read. Ms. Evans has gifted historical romance fans with yet another amazing story.”—Debjonesdiem

“I really loved this book.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

“Sizzling romance and page-turning suspense make a read not to be missed! Loved it!”—Maeve Greyson, author of the Highland Heart Series

“With its complex characters, suspenseful plot, and steamy passion, Bronwen Evans’s A Love to Remember should not be missed. Readers will fall in love with Rose and Philip and stay up way past bedtime to cheer for their happily ever after.”—Shana Galen, bestselling author of I Kissed a Rogue

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425284315
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Disgraced Lords Series , #7
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 52,377
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

Scotland, early August 1817

Rose Deverill, Duchess of Roxborough, had not always enjoyed sex. Sexual congress with her elderly husband—the man to whom her family had literally sold her—had been something to endure. Then, as a young widow of one-and-twenty, she’d taken her first lover.

Imagine her surprise. Her older brother’s friend, Viscount Tremain, had been a marvelous teacher who had introduced her to a world of desire and pleasure, and she was forever grateful.

But on that same day she’d made a decision. She would never marry again.

Marriage held few advantages for a woman. As a widow, no one told her how to behave, what to wear, what to eat, what to drink, or where she could go. It was a glorious freedom. She had her son, money, and a title. She did not want for anything.

The ton of course did not understand her resolve, or why she would turn down so many eligible proposals. She was still young and beautiful. She needed a man to make her life complete.

But Rose had men—a different man whenever she wanted, in fact. She just didn’t have a husband. Which meant she did not have to put up with a man’s tantrums, his boring displays of jealousy, or worry that she might be left financially ruined by his profligate spending. When a man bored her, she simply sent him on his way. After all, none of them really mattered to her.

The reputation she had crafted and built over the five years of her widowhood—and the double standards of their society—ensured most men would never again look at her as a potential wife. Although she could not guarantee it. Having a title and money forgave many sins.

Now six-and-twenty, Rose could say that she still enjoyed pleasure, the giving and receiving of it—especially the receiving. Who wouldn’t? But she’d learned from her experience of many paramours that not every man was as considerate, or as skilled a lover, as her viscount.

To her consternation, she’d also come to realize that making love was far more fulfilling than simply experiencing pleasure. Lovemaking was the most sensual and exquisite experience a woman could have. It was like touching heaven, and Rose had only ever felt that touch at the hands of one man. And she knew she’d only ever feel that with one man.

Philip Flagstaff, the Earl of Cumberland.

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A Love to Remember: A Disgraced Lords Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, a fast read. It was a first book that I have read by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wickedly, sensual book that I did not want to quit reading! Bronwen Evans has done it again. Now, I have to say that I started out this series with this book and will definitely be backtracking to read the previous 6 books in the series. Yes, sometimes I do read books out of order...it's sort of like looking ahead a couple of chapters, right?! No? Well, I did it anyway.  A Love To Remember follows the Duchess, Rose Deverill, who also happens to be The Wicked Widow into a tremendous battle to win the heart of her Duke! I love that! It's not too often, in historical romances, that the heroine is a bit promiscuous. Of course, there is a reason for her wanton ways, as is most cases, but I definitely had fun reading about Rose's wickedness. But, when the right fellow captures her heart, Rose decides she is through with the many and is ready for only one.  The newly titled Duke of Cumberland, Philip Flagstaff, is haunted by grief over his brother's death. He blames himself and has sworn to never enjoy the title or marry. However, fate has other plans for this dangerously sexy Duke. He tries his best to not give into what his heart clearly wants...but it's not enough for Rose. She's in it to win it and destiny is on her side! I recommend A Love To Remember to all romantics out there, who are looking for a bit of an adventure and wicked sensualness. Keep the novels coming Bronwen Evans! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with plenty of action
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Author Bronwen Evans continues her The Disgraced Lords Series with another solid storyline entertaining and intriguing the reader through the final page. Philip, the hero to this book, is tortured by his past and the loss of his older brother. Because he can't get out of his head and what he believes is his part in his brother's death he chooses a loveless life. Throughout the book he stays firm to his honor and refuses to love, get married or have children. What a mess! For Philip this book opens his eyes to possibilities that he didn't allow himself to see. Rose, has been in love with Philip forever it seems. The reader's heart will ache as she struggles to deal with the blows to her character from Philip's actions and her desire to move forward and find someone who will love her and want to have more children. Her strength of character to move on with her life is a valuable lesson to all woman stuck in relationships that will never have a happy ending. I give this 4.5 STARS for portraying a woman who learns to find her strength and a man who finally gets over himself to move on with his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a sweet love story. Loved it
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
LOVED this story!! We've seen Rose and Philip in the other Disgraced Lords stories, so I was excited to see that Evans had written their story. It was heartbreaking at times, but you know they will get their HEA. Definitely a great addition to the Disgraced Lords series!! I can't wait for the next one!
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This story pulled me in from the beginning and I did not want to stop reading. It engaged my heart and mind. I laughed, I cried, and cheered for Rose and Phillip. The passion between these two is off the charts. As they try to find their ways out of their pasts into a future, you root for them to see what is right in front of their eyes. I highly recommend this story, and I have enjoyed the series but feel that this is the best one. This is a must read. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
After a loveless marriage to a man older than her father, Rose Deverill vows to never marry again. To thwart men from pursuing her for marriage, she decides to ruin her reputation and have some not so secret affairs. When the man that stole her heart at a young age, appears back in her life, they start a hot affair until their future paths threaten to separate them. This was a pretty good story. I’m not much into reunited loves, but it captured my attention throughout the entire book.The author does a great job in creating the characters and telling a story that makes you want to finish it. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous book written by Mrs. Evans. Her secondary characters are as good as the first. Once I start reading you remember where yiu know them from books before. Always a kick in her writing where u think you know the bad guy and a twist comes and yiu don't know who it could be. I'm waiting on the next book. I recommend all her books.
LadyC More than 1 year ago
YES- Strong woman(mother) who did not give two flips what society deemed appropriate conduct! I loved Rose-after one terrible marriage she made the choice to be a wonderful mother during the day but enjoy unemcumbered passion at night. This lands her in the bed of her best friends brother, Phillip. After the death of his brother Phillip turns to Rose for sexual solace, two years later their affair is still going strong; but marriage is not an option for Phillip and Rose has made it clear that once was enough. However, sometimes minds can change. The chemistry between these two is evident but can Rose convince Phillip that it is more than sex. Rose is such a strong character-I really loved her. Phillip is a tormented soul that sometimes drove me mad. A mix of passion, hurt, deceit, and some treachery make for a fun read.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
Oh how I love this book. I could bearly put it down to sleep. I have read every book in The Disgraced Lords series and have love them all but they pale in comparison to this book. I don't know where to start and I wish I could simply said, "just go read this book you will love it" and be done but I can't. Philip Flagstaff the second son to a Earl was always doing something wrong and needing his family to save him. After a particularly bad financial investment he decides to enroll in the Kings army. His brother Robert the Earl of Cumberland follows him in to service in hopes to protect him. After stepping in front of a fatal blow meant for Philip Robert dies leaving Philip as the new Earl, and a guilt that weighs heavy on is soul. He whole heartedly believes the wrong brother died. Rose Deverill never had her season, her fafter married her off at eighteen to a man old enough to be her grandfather. The good that came out of her loveless marriage was her son Drake. She prayed everyday to be a widow and vowed never to remarry and live as a free woman. After discovering what sexual pleasure was in the following years she become known as the Wicked Widow and she truly could not care. Rose's best friend is Portia, Philip's sister and as a young girl she fancied herself in love this him. On the day of Robert's funeral hours after everyone had gone she convinces Philip to leave his graveside and go home. On that day he found comfort in Rose's arms, now two years later their affair is still strong but things have changed. Rose truly loves Philip and he her but he will not allow himself any true happiness. He made a promise to himself to make Robert proud of him but he will not marry and the Earldom will go to his brother Thomas or his children. Rose wants more, she wants children, Philip's children. Can she convince him he deserves happiness and love or will he put his guilt in front of everything. The sexual heat in this book is off the charts. The dialog is witty and characters are fun but also sadness and heartache. There is suspense and twists and turns that I did not see coming. I can't not wait for the next book A Dream of Redemption.
AmyHi More than 1 year ago
I received this as an ARC. Having not read the previous (6!) books in this series, I was happy to see that you could read it as a stand-alone. I enjoyed the angst of a man and woman who, each with their own reasons for not wedding, come to appreciate what is most important in their lives, each other. Now while I await the next book, A Dream of Redemption, I will read the previous books in this series.
SuzanneT959 More than 1 year ago
Rose is known as the Wicked Widow because she has chosen not to remarry after the death of her elderly husband and is not afraid to exercise her freedom. Phillip is guilt ridden over the death of his older brother and now has to deal with taking over as earl. They have been lovers for two years and are happy with their relationship. As an earl, Phillip is expected to marry and produce a male heir but he has no desire to do this. Will he decide to marry Rose? What will happen when Rose and her son, Drake, are threatened by an unknown person at a house party? This book is full of steamy romance and suspense. The characters are very well developed. I really like Rose and just wanted to shake some sense into Phillip at some points. All of the secondary characters added to the story and made me want to go back and read all of the books in this series. The descriptions of places and people throughout the book created vivid images. I enjoyed the writing style and the alternating POVs. The plot twists and turns caught me off guard which is unusual and appreciated. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a steamy suspense filled romance. Thank you to Random House Loveswept and Netgalley for the ARC of this book. I have voluntarily provided an honest review.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
Philip and Rose—how my heart hurt for both of them: Philip because of his mistaken sense of guilt, honor and the debt he felt he owed his dead brother—which didn’t allow for a life for him that included love and happiness. And Rose because of her sad arranged marriage that she intended to never repeat after her elderly husband’s death—and for her unrequited love for Philip. The yearnings and inner struggles of both Philip and Rose made for a very sad, complex courtship that balanced finely between defying society’s rules and living up to what was expected of them. I was proud of their strengths and determination to do the right thing while paying homage to their love. This, indeed, was a love to remember!
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
A Love To Remember by Bronwen Evans is an awesome read. Ms Evans has gifted historical romance fans with yet another amazing story. This is a well-written book and a nice smooth read. The characters are phenomenal and perfect for Philip and Rose's tale. There's plenty of action, drama, sizzle and suspense that kept this reader up way past her bedtime. I totally LOVED reading this book and look forward to reading many more from the talented Bronwen Evans in the future. A Love To Remember is book 7 of The Disgraced Lords Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
candy-b More than 1 year ago
This is the story about Rose Deverill, Duchess of Roxborough and the love she has for Philip Flagstaff, the new Earl of Cumberland. Browen Evans has written another story with her usual excellent expertist. The descriptions are great and give you the base for the tale. The characters are fun, full bodied and lush with life. The plot brings it all together and weaves them into a concise, smooth and steady paced book. I loved the way Ramsey, Rosie and Drake interacted together. There was danger, intrigue, and a mystery to be solved. I loved the book and very much enjoyed the Libertine Scholars. I received this book from Net Galley and voluntarily review it.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
I know I have mentioned in other reviews how much I like historical romance and I do know that I have mentioned, on several occasions, how much I dislike reading books that are in a series out of series order. Well, A Love to Remember not only fulfilled my historical romance craving (I have read contemporary a lot these days) but it also can be read as a standalone book. Which made me very thankful because I have enjoyed the two books I have read out of this series. What I really enjoyed about A Love to Remember was that Rose was no innocent virgin. She was married and widowed at a young age….leaving her to explore her sexuality. That is something that is almost unheard of in most historical romances that I have read and to be honest, it was very refreshing to read. There was no de-flowering scene when Philip and Rose had sex and Rose knew what she liked and she knew how to please Philip. I. Freaking. Loved. It. Don’t get me wrong, I love a romance where the virgin is de-flowered but sometimes it gets old. So when you have an older woman (26 for that era was considered old) who decided that she was going to be in charge of her body (again, for that era…totally unheard of since women were considered men’s property) and who fully enjoyed sex, I couldn’t get enough. I really liked Rose too. She had a mind of her own, knew what she wanted and wasn’t about to let a man order her around. She loved with her whole heart…be it her son, Drake, or Philip, who she had loved her years. But she was also realistic and knew that her and Philip’s relationship was just sex based….even though she loved him. I also like that she wasn’t at all bothered by her “Wicked Widow” reputation. But I did find some fault with that. While I loved that she was sexually aware and that she took lovers, I really couldn’t help but think “Would have the ton really accepted her in real life“. Honestly, that is probably the only thing that I could find to complain about with this book. Philip, I wanted to strangle most of the book. He kept things so close to his chest that I kinda wanted to shake him and say “Dude, you love her…just go tell her.” But no, being a typical man, he refused to act on his feelings until it was almost too late. While I wanted to strangle him, I did feel bad for him. He had survivor’s guilt over surviving the battle that got his older brother and heir killed. It affected everything that he did from that day forward. It almost cost him his relationship with Rose. It took two acts of violence to wake him up. Speaking of that, I didn’t see that plot twist coming. Nothing leading up to it until Rose received the note in her bedroom, threatening to tell Philip her secret (want to know what…read the book). Then everything slowly started to come out and I was shocked by who the villain was. I was totally not expecting that person to be the bad guy. The sex scenes were burning and I loved that there was no “introduction to his member” scene. Actually, the first chapter of the book, they are going at it doggy style…so yeah. Rose was experienced (see what I wrote above) and I think that brought a little extra oomph to the sex scenes. And when their feelings started to get involved, it made the sex even hotter, in my eyes. The end of the book was your typical HEA and I loved how everything was pulled together for the epilogue I can’t wait to read the next book!! **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Great Historical Read! Rose was forced to marry an ageing Duke, however since his death she has been free to do as she pleases. Now that her son is getting older she will have to give up some of her freedom and become more respectable, will the only man she has ever loved just let her go? Fast paced read with plenty of drama, emotion and steam. The characters are amazing, I was hooked from beginning to end!
KindleLady More than 1 year ago
Philip, Lord Cumberland, has come to his title due to the death of his beloved brother, who died saving Philip's life in the war. The guilt he feels impacts his relationship with Rose, Dutchess Roxborough. Rose was married off to a man old enough to be her grandfather when she was still very young and she chooses to remain single after his death. Both parties struggle with their demons, will love be enough to bring them happiness? I received an ARC for my honest opinion.
Rita0285 More than 1 year ago
Bronwen did it again. The book is fantastic. Troubled lovers,suspense and villains in disguise. It even had the libertine scholars coming to the rescue to help Philip and Rose.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'A Love to Remember' by Bronwen Evans is Book Seven in "The Disgraced Lords" series. This is the story of Rose Deverill widow of Duke of Roxborough and Philip Flagstaff, The Earl of Cumberland. Rose is Phillip's sister Portia best friends, so Rose has known Phillip since they were young. Rose has since become a Widow and even been kicked named “Wicked Widow” since she has taken several lovers since her husbands death. Rose also has a young son who she loves very much. Rose has sworn to never marry again, and that is one of the reason she encourages her reputation. Phillip was the second son of The Earl of Cumberland. Phillip had decided to join the war where his older brother, Robert follows him into the Battle of Waterloo. But his brother was killed there and now he has returned home to bury him. Phillip is feeling guilty for his brother's death because he feels it was his fault this brother joined to help protect him. Now at his brother's funeral he meets Rose again who is beautiful and caring, Phillip thinks to get lost in her to help ease some of the hurt and guilty feeling he has. Now two years later he and Rose are still sleeping together and they don't keep their relationship a secret. Rose is now 26 years old and her son is 5 years old and his guardian is Lord Kirkwood who was a friend of her husband and father. Lord Kirkwood seems to be easy going with Rose and allows her to act as she wants but she knows that sometime soon he will want to her make another marriage. Rose has started to think that she would marry Phillip if he asked but when does a Lord marry their mistress and besides he has so much guilt for his brother's death still will he be able to ever move on? But trouble finds Rose and Phillip will try to protect her and her son. Really exciting and enjoyable read! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I have always enjoyed Ms. Evans books, I think the only book that was not for me, was her last one. This one I did enjoy, just not my favorite, and for the period that we were reading on, I was kind of surprised of the heroine, she was pretty promiscuous, but hey it was a story and to each its own. So Rose is a widow now, after being married to an older gentleman she is determined to not ever get married again, the only good thing that came out of that marriage was her son Drake. She has an exclusive fling with her friend Philip. Now Philip has lost his brother who was the heir to the family name, and now he holds the title and he is determined not to ever marry and not to ever have a child, he feels responsible for his brothers death, because if it hadn't been for his brother following him to make sure he stayed alive since he was a screw up, and he jumped in front of him and took the bullet (or whatever they used back then). Of course, Rose changes her mind and wants more, and then chaos reigns, lies, betrayals, jealousies occur. Will the truth come out? Will they figure out that they love each other in time? Well my friends you need to read, I don't want to spoil for you.
Jane_Pike More than 1 year ago
Not your typical Historical Romance For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff. The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more. We have here a strong independent and wealthy widow with a son she adores and an Earl who never wanted to be earl, ridden from grief and guilt. Rose had been wed to an old Duke and is now the Duchess, free of the Duke, content with her life she is doing what pleases her. She is set on never marrying again, there is no need for her. Her late husband left her enough money and she is taking some lovers, keeping those intent on marrying her at bay. Her anchor is her little son. But one day she is reunited with the man she used to love as a teen, Philip, and that is the beginning of an affair for both of them. Rose considers for the first time her feelings for him, but is her reputation her ruin for a future with him? Philip on the other hand promised his dead brother to be level-headed and responsible as the earl, fulfilling his duty to his family and his dead brother. He did not share the secret promise with anyone. Rose gives him a purpose and joy which leads to more guilt. She is soothing his deepest wounds. They settle in a convenient arrangement, but all things come to an end and soon they are pulled into a game far bigger than what you might think. What I really liked are the characters, they are strong, independent, with flaws, but very loveable. Bronwen draws a picture of a woman who is at peace with herself, finally free of the shackles of an arranged marriage, but not broken. Enjoying her life as much as possible without completely disregarding the tons rules. She is smart enough to know exactly what her actions mean, taking what she craves and valuing what came out of her marriage. As you can already se, I am not into the spiritless virgins that drop at the heroes feet after first seeing him. Rose is a grownup who can analyze a situation and emotions. And the hero has a troubled past, avoiding one of the tons most important rules, but fully aware of his duty for his family. He changes from his young self to also a grownup. And finally we have a great story. It starts off with a love affair and soon becomes a portrait of emotions. And then there comes something entirely else (I can’t say more or I would spoil the read). But the story got me by surprise and I truly enjoyed where the author took us. Read the book in one go and it won’t be my last book from this author.
singneon More than 1 year ago
This is really good. The stage is well set at the beginning. Rose is a great single-mother, great friend, down to earth, a little nerve wracking at times but no one's perfect :). Her grace needed a little more physical..... resistance and I thought she was heading toward obsession but the author throws something in the midst of this love affair which really raises the excitement, anticipation and action level.. I like Philip, he is compassionate but he also has some of the normal bull-headed aristocrat tendencies. He fought in the war but now his heart has to fight pass the grief of the war, his body already knows, the rest of him is a little slow at figuring things out, lol. He's a good man though and shows his love for Rose & her son way before he realizes why he's so drawn to them. I'm glad Rose has a second chance, she deserves it. Great couple, I enjoyed reading their fascinating story! Review copy provided by NetGalley.
PegC51 More than 1 year ago
Philip Flagstaff has lived with overwhelming guilt since his older brother was killed saving his life at Waterloo. He does not plan to marry or have an heir to whom to pass the Cumberland title. Rose Deverill, the widowed Duchess of Roxborough, was sold in marriage to a man old enough to be her grandfather. The only truly good thing to come from the marriage was her son Drake. They have been involved with each other since Robert’s funeral. They love each other, but Philip is so eaten up by guilt that he refuses to consider marriage. Rose wants to find a way to convince Philip that his brother would not want him to give up his life, love and a chance for happiness. Her dilemma is how. There is danger lurking for Rose and Drake from an unexpected villain. Hopefully Philip will wake up before something or somebody takes Rose, and Drake, away from him. A Love to Remember is a deeply emotional story. Rose and Philip are strong complex characters. They have been hurt and are, at least at the beginning of their story, adamantly opposed to marriage. You can’t help but want things to work out for them. They deserve a second chance to be happy. Drake is a delight. The plot is interesting and engaging. There is romance (of course), angst, twists and a surprise or two (including the villains). Enjoy this touching story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed it and the comments are my own.