Miss Hastings' Excellent London Adventureby Cheryl Bolen
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Having never left Upper Barrington in her twenty years, orphan Miss Emma Hastings is overjoyed when the uncle she's never met invites her to come live with him in London. Everything about living in the Capital lures her. She doesn't even mind sharing her seat in the mail coach with a gargantuan man whose belly rests on his lap. Even when her uncle fails to meet her at the posting inn in London, she's too exhilarated over the city's sights and sounds to be worried. After many hours pass and her uncle does not collect her, she determines to lug her trunk behind her as she struggles through London's streets at night to find her uncle's home.
Spurned by his mistress and vowing to never love again, Adam Birmingham, whose family is the richest in Britain, decides to get very drunk. As he's staggering home, he takes pity on a very small young lady who's lugging a very large trunk behind her. In the rain. Her destination is the home of his next-door neighbor, but no one answers the bell. Adam is compelled to ask the young woman to spend the night at his home. Promptly after showing her the chamber in which she'll sleep, Adam passes out on her chaise. It's not until the following morning he remembers that the lady's uncle has died.
When Adam learns that Emma cannot return to Upper Barrington and that she has nowhere to go, he offers marriage to the hysterical lady. His heart is so shattered, he will never love again. Why not make this helpless orphan happy? Soon after they wed, they become convinced that someone has forged her uncle's will--and likely murdered her uncle. Their resolve to bring the murderer to justice jeopardizes Emma's life. Knowing she's in danger brings out Adam's protective instincts--and something far deeper, something he'd thought to never feel again. . .
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' Miss Hastings Excellent London Adventure' by Cheryl Bolen is book Four in the "Brazen Brides" series. This is the story of Miss Emma Hastings and Adam Birmingham, and this can easily be a standalone book. Emma is an orphan who has been living with her elderly Aunt when she gets a letter to come stay with her Uncle and learn to take over his business. When she heads to London he fails to meet her and when she tries to make her way to his house she meets Adam. Adam has been drinking due to being upset that his mistress who he thought he was in love with up and left him to marry. Adam takes Emma home with him after they find her Uncle's house empty. Later the next day they find that he has passed away and that he has left nothing really to Emma his next of Kin. Adam feels protective of Emma and has offered his help further to look into the matter. But an even bigger step is what he does next to make sure she has someone. Another great story by Ms. Bolen! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
After losing her parents, Miss Emma Hastings was raised by her Aunt Harriett in Upper Barrington. Her aunt is getting on in years and is not well so her Uncle Simon has arranged for her to take a post chaise to London to live with him. But when she arrives where they were to meet and he fails to show, she decides to walk to his home if she can find it. Adam Birmingham has recently been jilted by Maria, the woman he loves, and is drinking his woes away at Whites. When he leaves the establishment for home, he is quite drunk. Along the way, he happens upon Emma and she asks him for directions to her uncle’s home. It turns out that Adam’s neighbor is her Uncle Simon who owns the Ceylon Tea Company that Emma will be learning to manage. Upon arrival at her uncle’s house, she learns that he has recently passed away and no one is at his home. Thus, she agrees to stay at the Birmingham’s. The next day she heads to visit her uncle’s solicitor, Mr. Wycliff. She is shocked to find her uncle had just made a new will leaving everything to his clerk, James Ashburnham, with a mere 250 pounds left to her annually. She also learns that her Aunt Harriett has just passed away. The whole thing does not sound right and Emma and Adam fear that her uncle, who had been very healthy, may have been murdered. Feeling sorry for her, Adam decides to marry Emma and it will be a marriage in name only. Even though Adam is a very wealthy man, Emma does not wish to accept him, but finally agrees. Now, they must find out what happened to her Uncle Simon, but someone out there doesn’t want them to learn the truth. This is a sweet romance complete with a mystery. As with all of Cheryl Bolen’s books, it is a clean story that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to other readers. Copy provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Miss Hastings' Excellent London Adventure by Cheryl Bolen Although this is part of a series I was not left out in the dark at all. This book starts out with Emma Hastings and she's on her way to meet her uncle so one day she will take over the business. Problem is he never shows so she enters the tavern and asks where the West End is as she's not familiar with her surroundings. They tell her and also that no woman should be out at night alone on the streets. Story also follows Adam Birmingham and his brother Nick and other family members. Adam is drinking himself silly over the Italian Opera singer he was in love with that doesn't want me... he leaves a tavern, heading home. He meets Emma and he accompanies her to her uncles to find out he is not in. She spends the night at Adam's house and he remembers why the uncle won't be answering the door. He takes her under his wing and they visit the solicitor to find out more details where she learns more information on family matters. It's all so hopeless at this point you wonder how she will ever survive, alone and on her own. This is a lot of action and what I really liked was that there is a huge mystery that Adam gets help from his brothers to help solve. Love how the brothers wives help her with fashion and make her feel welcome. Love the romance, travel and dire circumstances that it all leads up to. Love the mystery ride as I took my husband on one last Saturday! You'd not go wrong reading this book. I don't even have to know what the book is about to appreciate and enjoy Cheryl's books. Received this copy from the author and this is my honest review.