In the spring of 1840, eighteen-year-old Jessica Blair is a scullery maid in a remote manor house, part of the vast holdings of the Duke of Fornay. Two years younger than Queen Victoria, Jessica is the well-educated daughter of a deceased professor. Sole support of her widowed mother and avoiding an unacceptable marriage prospect, Jessica has secretly collected a flock of cast-off hens, and is supplementing her income hoping to improve her future.
Jessica is alarmed when horsemen race headlong through the twilight on the footpath she has inadvertently cut to the henhouse. She stops the charge short of disaster to find the threat is not many horses, but one magnificent, riderless runaway. Ignorant of the dangers in handling an overwrought stallion, Jessica calms the animal. She calls him “Sweetness.”
Backtracking, Jessica finds the missing rider, twenty-eight-year-old Devlin Miracle, the arrogant Twelfth Duke of Fornay, badly injured, and waiting for daylight. But, for this aristocrat, there will be no daylight. His injuries have left him blind.
Struggling against their disparities, Devlin and Jessica resist, but sometimes love will not be ignored.
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was, very. A good length, a good story, interesting characters.
Enjoyable read. First -- I was given a copy of the book in the hope of an honest review. That being said, I'm not a huge reader of historical fiction, so any inaccuracies along those lines would have gone right by me. I found this an enjoyable book, sort of what if Cinderella had been working for Prince Charming? The heroine was feisty--perhaps a little too outspoken in her dealings with the hero. After all, she was an assistant scullery maid, and he was a Duke. However, putting any concerns aside, the writing was witty, and the book enjoyable, with enough mystery/tension included to keep this mystery reader entertained.
Fans of historical romance will appreciate this most enjoyable novel. This is an entertaining, well-written book. Eloisa James is currently writing a series of historical romances which are her versions of fairy tales. Sharon Ervin gives us a delightful Cinderella story which is also witty and pleasing in its unique way. In 1840 Great Britain, Jessica Blair, apprentice scullery maid, is out one evening caring for her chickens when she hears the thundering of hooves. She finds a frightened horse frothing at the mouth and manages to gentle him. She soon finds the rider lying on the ground with a head wound, blind and defenseless. The man turns out to be Devlin Miracle, Duke of Fornay, master of Gull’s Way, who enlists Jessica to return him home. His gratitude is boundless as is that of his mother, the Dowager. Jessica is a girl of immense character and intelligence. There is a good deal of back story as well. She also manages to solve the murder of a young maid and discover why the Duke was attacked and who was responsible. There are some humorous plays on words as well. For example, Jessica calls the Duke’s horse Sweetness while he insists the war horse’s proper name is Vindicator. Jessica’s betrothed is a bully, apply named John Lout. This is a romance about a relationship that develops between two sympathetic, well-developed characters. I strongly recommend this novel to romance readers.