The Earl of Egremont has returned...or has he?
It's been 15 years since Christian Sauvage has left England, but now he's returned to claim his title and his inheritance. Julianne knew Christian when they were children, and though there is a slight resemblance to the boy she once adored, can this ruggedly handsome man be the real earl? Or has she fallen in love with an impostor?
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About the Author
Edith Layton loved to write. She wrote articles and opinion pieces for the New York Times and Newsday, as well as for local papers, and freelanced writing publicity before she began writing novels.
Publisher’s Weekly called her “one of romance’s most gifted authors.” She received many awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romantic Times, and excellent reviews and commendations from Library Journal, Romance Readers Anonymous, and Romance Writers of America. She also wrote historical novels under the name Edith Felber.
Mother of three grown children, she lived on Long Island with her devoted dog, Miss Daisy; her half feral parakeet, Little Richard; and various nameless pond fish in the fishness protection program.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a big Jane Austen fan and wanted a little lust in my stories, but along the same lines of Austen's amazing work. I got that in this story and Layton is amazing! I am only 23 but still the dramatic love scenes in some romance novels are a little much. Layton did just enough and it was amazing I would read this book over and over if I could Loved it!!!
I read this series out of order. The other books--Alas, My Love and Gypsy Lover were not as good as this read. That isn't to say it was wonderful--but needs to be read first as reading the others beforehand gives away a prime storyline. Ms. Layton is still timid about writing love scenes and even though there was no real sexual tension throughout, making love where they finally did--wasn't at all romantic or stimulating to this reader. It will be quite some time before I decide if I want to read anymore of this writer's books but am glad I got to read about 4 extraordinary men.
In 1800, Sir Gideon accused Lord Geoffrey Sauvage and his twelve year old son Christian falsely of stealing. Geoffrey and Christian are convicted and placed on the Retribution, heading to the South Seas. Geoffrey provides strength to his son and two other boys Amyas and Daffyd as they set sail as convicts. However, because of Geoffrey¿s skills to make money for his clients honed as an aristocratic working class soul, he makes a fortune for himself and his three charges.---- Fifteen years later, Christian arrives in England to claim the Earldom from his cousin Hammond, whose future in-laws are irate. Christian points out the so-called accidents that have eliminated the last five earls and plans not to be number six. Hammond sends for Julianne Lowell, sister of Christian¿s best childhood friend now dead, to identify whether he is the real thing. As Julianne and Christian fall in love, she is not sure though he looks somewhat like the person she knew in childhood. Whether he is or is not does not matter to someone who plans to add the upstart to the list of dead earls.---- This is an enjoyable Regency romantic suspense that will remind readers of the movies The Return of Martin Guerre and Somersby as Julianne is not certain if the man she loves is an imposter or the real Christian. The story line action-packed, but the characters make the tale with many containing negative feelings towards others. Fans will enjoy this delightful tale in which the earldom is apparently the most dangerous position in England in spite of the Napoleonic War.---- Harriet Klausner
The story was intriging but I would definitely not consider this a Christian romance.