Fashionable London holds nothing for wealthy merchant's niece, Lalamani Finchurch. Except perhaps for an earl with a twisted hand and a charming smile. Why, for all the fortune hunters she has fended off since returning from India, is the one man who seems to likeable so against marrying for money?
Philip has inherited an earldom that his only two choices are to marry for money or to abandon Society altogether and return to his work as an engineer. Which is no choice at all, until a tiny woman with beautiful eyes and a fine mind dances with him on his last night in London.
When they meet again in a small country village, they join forces to uncover larceny and deceit, to rescue Lalamani's aunt from poverty, and to discover that pride is a poor reason to refuse a love for a lifetime.
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About the Author
Jude Knight has been telling stories all her life: making up serial tales to amuse her friends and children, imagining sequels to books that have moved her and left her wanting more, occasionally submitting short stories to magazines and the radio, starting more than a dozen novels set in different times and places. She has devoted most of the last forty years to a career in commercial writing and raising a large family (most recently as grandmother-in-residence while a daughter was out of action for three years). She and her own personal romantic hero, with whom she has shared those forty+ years, now live with two cats and frequent visitors in a small town in rural New Zealand. Judy wrote and published her first historical romance in 2014, and now has the wind in her sails and a head full of strong determined heroines, heroes with the sense to appreciate them, and villains you'll love to loathe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is so much to say about this novella. Jude Knight's style of writing is reminiscent of Jane Austen as far as the historical accuracy and making you feel part of the story. I was hooked from the first page and could not put it down until the last. Margaret Lalamani Finchurch is patiently waiting for her 25th birthday so she will have control of her inheritance. Only tolerating all the beaus who are only interested in her money, she finds herself trapped at a ball being insulted by a bunch of jealous peacocks. Phillip Daventry, the new Earl of Calne, has inherited a worthless Earldom he never expected, and is weighted down in debt. Overhearing Lalamani's put down, he rescues her from the ladies and dances with her. Philip is attracted by her honesty and finds her no simpering miss. He despairs that this may be the only time he will ever see her. A fated second meeting brings them together when Lalamani travels to her aunt's house (yes Aunt Hannah who you cannot help but love) while Philip is near trying to restore his rundown estate. Thrown together, they end up ferreting out some misdeeds that have been going on which has left him and Aunt Hannah almost destitute. There is intrigue, deception and a lot of emotions that come forth and the attraction between the two cannot be denied. This is a wonderful story that will touch your heart and make you believe that love can prevail