Miss Westlake's Windfallby Barbara Metzger
Miss Ada Westlake has two treasures at her fingertips. One is a cache of coins she discovered in her orchard, and the other is her friend (and sometime suitor), Viscount Ashmead. She has been advised to keep a tight hold on both. But Ada must discover for herself that the greatest gift of all is true love....
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Barbara Metzger is the author of more than two dozen Regency romances, and the proud recipient of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Regencies. When not writing Regencies or reading them, she paints, gardens, volunteers at the local library, and goes beachcombing on the beautiful Long Island shore with her little dog, Hero. She loves to hear from her readers, care of Signet or through her Web site.
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Every month Charles Harrison Ashford, Viscount Ashmead, would ask Ada to marry him. Every month Miss Ada Westlake would decline. Being neighbors for so long, Ada thought of 'Chas' as a brother. Ada thought Charles saw his proposals as rescuing a damsel in distress. He was overflowing in money. She was impoverished. However, that was not the case! He loved Ada deeply and had no idea how to make her see it. Her most recent declining of his marriage proposal had him drowning his sorrows in a local tavern. By morning, he had an awful headache and he could not find the sack containing Prelieu's coins.
Leo Tobin was Charles' illegitimate brother. They were as close as brothers could ever hope to be. Leo and Charles did missions for the government. Leo did his mainly by sea. In fact, many thought he was the ring leader for a smuggling group. Prelieu was a Frenchman who was to give valuable information to Charles for the Crown and then use the coins for a new start on life. But Prelieu had not shown up and the sack of coins somehow ended up high in one of Ada's apple trees.
While shaking the tree for apples, coins rained down. Thinking smugglers were using her land and set the money there as payment, she was determined to return it! It was blood money! Her sister could care less for anything but making her opera and paintings. Her sister-in-law, Jane (widowed), and Jane's freeloading uncle wanted to spend it on luxuries. Charles begged her to use it for debts and kept harping about marriage. And poor Ada was having her blinders jerked off, due to the commotions, and was seeing Chas (thanks in part to Leo) in a totally new and confusing way!
*** This one is set in one of England's most uncertain and dangerous times of history. It was a bit slow to begin, but once started the story flowed smoothly. (I wanted to whap Ada on the head a few times though.) The co-characters were just as great to watch as the main ones were! I was utterly charmed by Leo! ***
An outlandish cast of characters, each more lovable than the last, and a fantastic series of events keep this entertaining and light.
Jessie-No i think i work here Cali Jane-I just think sierra is getting a new dosage today Sierra-But the syrup is yucky!