Six Weeks with a Lord

Six Weeks with a Lord

by Eve Pendle

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ISBN-13: 9781640635838
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/25/2018
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 325
Sales rank: 43,506
File size: 3 MB

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Eve writes snarky, angsty and passionate historical romance. She loves dresses, chocolate, equality, liberty, her husband, her dog and her cat (not necessarily in that order). You can chat with Eve on twitter and get a free sexy story from her website, evependle.com.

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CHAPTER 1

26 July 1865, London Before

"I have to marry a lord." The last word stuck in Grace's throat.

Maurice paused, his teacup halfway to his mouth, and Caroline gaped at her. In the silence of her friends' drawing room, she became aware of the sound of her own breathing and the rattle of a carriage in the street outside.

"My father hasn't left me any inheritance of my own. Just a dowry, conditional on my marrying a peer." No money to support herself, nor the right to look after her little brother. Father had always been insistent that she marry into the aristocracy, but she'd never imagined he would go so far.

"You don't have to marry." Caroline recovered first, standing and pacing across the room, before turning and striding back. "A fortune isn't necessary. I presume your brother has inherited Alnott Stores. You can both live on that income."

"Henry's guardian is Lord Rayner." His name made sour water flow into her mouth. For a moment, she thought she might retch.

"Not Rayner." Caroline's blond curls bounced as she walked, as if moved by her agitation.

"I know," Grace whispered. Traveling from Geneva after receiving the telegram, she'd had two weeks to mourn her father and fret about Henry. But finally reading her father's will this morning had emptied all the contents from her chest, leaving a gap where her internal organs should be.

Caroline pinched the bridge of her nose. "Surely, Rayner wouldn't do anything to Henry? To a four-year-old boy."

"Servants, women, children. They are all basically property to an earl like Lord Rayner, are they not? They don't deserve respect, consideration, or kindness." She wanted to believe Lord Rayner would treat Henry better than he had Anna, her former lady's maid. But she'd seen him laugh idly when his footman had slapped a cowering hall boy, a child just a few years older than Henry. The man could be charming to those he considered his match, but what was the chance of him seeing a young, low-born ward as his equal? "All I've got is one shilling remaining of my pin-money and a dowry I can't access. There's nothing I can do."

"I wonder ..." Maurice's grip was white on his teacup. "It might be worth taking the case to Chancery. Request for you to be Henry's guardian."

Hope trickled into her, starting to fill the void underneath the bracket of her corset. "We could do that?"

Caroline snorted. "Chancery will take too long."

"It's difficult." Maurice carefully placed his cup and saucer onto the low, inlaid table. "But things that usually take a lot of time and are difficult can be easier and quicker with money. Lots of money. Enough to assign scores of legal men to arguing your case and make sure the judge would be 'receptive.'" He slid his hand across the table in the action of someone passing a note. He hesitated. "More money than we can lend you, though."

"My dowry is the only part of Alnott funds not in Lord Rayner's control." And she would give every farthing of it to get her brother back. She couldn't give herself over to Lord Rayner, but abandoning Henry was unthinkable.

"You can't access your dowry, even if you marry." Maurice shrugged. "It will belong to your husband."

"A detail." Caroline stopped next to Maurice and addressed him. "What about your friends? Surely, you know some lords."

"Oh, sister." Maurice rolled his eyes. "London is just swimming with eligible young aristocrats who wish to marry a young lady they have never met before. All of them are my bosom buddies. No, Caroline, I don't know anyone."

"No one from Charterhouse?" Caroline insisted.

"No. Charterhouse school is not Eton," Maurice said. "Second sons, landed gentry, and wealthy merchants' sons. Not lords."

Grace looked at her former neighbors, the first people she'd thought of coming to after reading in her father's will that, in addition to being an orphan, she had no home and no money. Though not bourgeoisie like Grace, they were gentry. She wasn't acquainted with any aristocrats, except Lord Rayner. Her father had known that when he'd written his will six months ago, just before he'd sent her to Switzerland. To learn some manners, he'd said, since she'd failed to catch a lord in her lackluster London season and refused to marry her father's friend, the son he wished he had — Lord Rayner.

Caroline stopped abruptly. "A wealthy merchant would do, if he had a generous nature and a lot of money."

Quirking an eyebrow, Maurice shook his head. "You'll have more luck looking for a penniless lord than a generous merchant."

Grace stared at the bright specks of dust in the air, highlighted by a sunbeam through the window. It was moving around gently, as though it were stirred by an unseen hand. She and her father had never been close, and his demanding she marry Lord Rayner, a pretty-faced monster, had estranged them. The contents of his will had destroyed any remaining filial affection.

"My priority has to be looking after Henry." She was powerless. The choice was impossible — marriage to Lord Rayner, or never seeing her brother again. "Perhaps there is no alternative but to marry Lord Rayner." She didn't feel the awfulness of that acknowledgement, or the pain of knowing it would condone what he'd done to Anna. It was as though she were watching herself from a great distance, or seeing herself through a fairground mirror–hall, where everything was warped and slim people appeared round.

Caroline was pacing again, her skirts swishing like an efficient machine. "There must be another way."

A little flump of sound made Grace glance down. Caroline's enormous hooped skirt had caught on a copy of The Times on a side table and it was now lying next to her booted feet. She leaned down and picked up the welcome distraction. Opening it in the middle, she laid it across her lap like a blanket of protection.

A newspaper was familiar and known. From when she'd first been able, she'd read the advertisements for shops and products. By the age of sixteen, she'd read the business sections as well as the news. Her father's incapacitating grief three years later, after her mother's death, had necessitated her monitoring prices constantly as she managed the stock ordering for all two hundred Alnott Stores. But her wallflower London season and subsequent exile to a finishing school meant it had been some time since she'd read the news like a gentleman did. Her heart thudded. Maybe ...

"Could we put an advertisement in the newspaper? 'Wanted: Duke, Marquis, Earl, Viscount, or Baron. For good home. Reward, fifty thousand pounds. Baronets and Misters need not apply.'" She wasn't sure whether she was joking or not. Desperation did that. All lords were arrogant and untrustworthy, too enamored with their own importance, but surely, not all were as evil as Rayner.

Caroline gasped.

"Worst idea I've ever heard," drawled Maurice. "Time wasters and liars is all you'll get."

Grace frowned. "This is a modern age. If one requires a husband, why not simply advertise for one?"

"Not in a newspaper." Caroline waved the idea away. "At a ball. Isn't that what we all do?"

Looking across at Maurice's face, Grace saw it was as blank as her own felt.

"In the marriage mart." Caroline snapped her fingers. "One advertises. Subtly, of course. But you could be slightly less subtle."

"Do you think it's possible?" She would marry an old goat to get Henry away from Lord Rayner. She must have money to fight for him to be her ward and to take care of Anna and Anna's baby, too. They deserved no less.

"The Morrisons' ball is tonight. There will be plenty of lords there," said Caroline.

"As I told you before," Maurice snapped, "Grace wouldn't have access to her dowry, her husband would. That's the way the law works."

As completely as the idea had filled her up, it drained away. A woman's possessions always belonged to her husband.

The newspaper was comfort, full of familiar commerce. The paper was smooth on her fingertips as she traced the columns. An idea felt as though it burgeoned from the black ink, all the way through her until it was in her mouth, fully formed.

"In a normal marriage, yes, the husband controls the dowry." Grace looked up at her friends. "But I could offer a marriage in name only. He shares my dowry, and I never bother him again. There must be lords who need money enough to consider such a deal." There were surely plenty of silly aristocrats who had frittered away all their money.

"Yes. Yes, exactly. Could it be done?" Caroline turned to Maurice.

He frowned. "Legally, no, I don't think so."

Grace folded up the newspaper. "But you've learned enough at Cambridge now to make some convincing looking documents."

"I'm not a solicitor yet." Maurice shifted in his chair. "I could make it appear legitimate and put some protection in place, but —"

"I'll ask Mama about Grace coming to Lord and Lady Morrison's ball with us tonight." Caroline halted next to Grace. "Do you have anything to wear to a ball, suitable for catching a lord?"

Grace shook her head. "I had to leave the finishing school in a hurry. I wanted to get to Henry." Her voice nearly broke, but she swallowed down the knowledge that her brother was alone.

"Any protection I created for the marriage would be worthless in a court of law," Maurice finished.

But what else did she have? She'd have to trust a lord to keep his word, which was a gamble. But with a share of her dowry she could fight for custody of Henry, and with him would come the stores, since he'd inherited them. She could protect her brother and the hundreds of people employed by the stores, as well as ensuring her parents' legacy wasn't embezzled away. It might end in failure if the courts found against her, but she had plenty to say about Lord Rayner's character. The merest chance of succeeding was worth the risk.

"You can wear a gown of mine. I think my yellow one won't need too much alteration. We haven't much time." Caroline gestured impatiently. "You can wear it with your crinoline. It will look fine. A little out of date, but that can't be helped."

"You wouldn't mind?" Grace looked between her friends. To find a lord willing to enter a sham marriage with the daughter of an owner of shops, she would require every advantage possible. Most importantly, she'd need the support of her friends. Borrowing a dress was just the beginning. She was dragging them, by association with a woman seeking a marriage of convenience, into ill-repute.

"Of course not." Caroline grinned.

Maurice shook his head thoughtfully. "I don't mind, but are you certain about this, Grace? Proposing a marriage of convenience could turn into a scandal."

Grace didn't stop. "Freedom is worth a scandal."

* * *

She was the first person Everett saw when he entered the ballroom. A glimpse of a lady he didn't recognize in bright yellow, on the far side of the room. Then, amongst the fashionably dressed ladies in delicate, washed out pink or green dresses, she disappeared from sight.

"Everett." His brother George pushed his way out of the crowd. "I have what you've been searching for."

"A magical cure for cattle disease?" If he had a way to save cows from rinderpest, he could go home tonight.

"An heiress."

A more realistic solution. Everett disliked it only slightly less than the disease. The role of fortune hunter didn't feel as repulsive as he'd expected, but it still sat as uncomfortably on him as the title, Lord Westbury.

"Is Sarah here tonight?" Everett evaded. "And how is little Jonathan?" Was that jealousy in his tone? His little brother seemed to have a charmed life, devoid of cow disease and responsibility to tenants.

"Jonny is well. Fixated on spinning tops at present." George's look of indulgent pride slipped as he continued, "He takes somewhat after his mother, who is no doubt currently obsessed about some hat or other. She's at another party, I don't know where." His mouth compressed. "But about this heiress."

Everett sighed and nodded. "With enough to pay the debts?" It was unlikely; there weren't many so rich. Scanning the room, he tried to catch another glimpse of stunning yellow.

"A half share of her dowry. Fifty thousand," George announced.

Everett snapped around to look at his brother fully. Fifty thousand pounds would pay his brother's debts and the debts of the farmers and leave enough money to support the estate for a couple of years, until it could pay its own way. "Go on."

George smirked. "The gossip is she's from trade, thinks herself some sort of independent woman, and is offering a marriage in name only. Wants to live on the continent, apparently."

"A marriage of convenience? Very expedient."

Then she reappeared, gliding right past him. She was resplendent in a dress the color of sunshine, her head tilted back as she waltzed, showing the curve of her neck and the angle of her jaw. Her dark hair gleamed, complemented by the brightness of her dress, as she danced like she was the only person in the room who mattered. Her jawline was too strong for conventional beauty, but something about the way she held herself was mesmerizing. She was like a cat walking along uneven ground, not perfect, but compelling.

"Exactly." George had the tone of a vindicated brother. "Miss Alnott is pretty, too. Just over there."

Reluctant to look away from the dancers, Everett glanced to see whom George indicated. Sensation shot down his spine.

"The lady in the primrose-yellow dress," George said.

He couldn't take his gaze from her. Miss Alnott. "I see her."

"I told you I'd find you a wife." George turned away. "I'll be in the card room."

Oh no. "George —"

"Yes, yes," he interrupted. "I'm not Peter. I'm not going to gamble everything away."

George wandered off and Everett gave himself up to watching Miss Alnott moving around the room slowly as she and her partner traversed the floor. She was gathering attention. There were several sharks circling, their fine wool black coats gleaming. The matrons were talking about her, lips pursed with disapproval. Her pronouncement must be the reason for the hum of life in the room.

A fast step in the waltz made the wide skirts of her dress shine. It was a gold dress, really. An unsubtle ploy to give a man the impression she was financially desirable. She certainly looked the part of an aspiring aristocrat, smiling fixedly at the room.

This was the first cut of interest he'd felt since he'd begun his fortune hunting. It would be something to have such a lady for a wife: so beautiful and confident. Of course, if she wanted to live abroad, she wouldn't be a true wife. But what did it matter? She would be like a wildcat living on the fringes of his estate, untamed and free, but technically his. Wary, coat gleaming, dangerous. If he found a wildcat, he would entice it with cream and take care of it, like he did with everything that was his.

How ought he approach this lady? A gentleman would be patient and put his name on her dance card. A true earl would be roguish and charming. His military instinct was to come straight to the point. Sighing, he forcibly relaxed his stance out of his upright bearing. This was a ballroom, not a battlefield, so he must act the rakish lord.

* * *

How many days? That was the question occupying Grace's mind while she danced. How many days could a four-year-old boy retain his sense of right and wrong? How long would it be before he was either scarred by Rayner or molded in his image? Definitely the fortnight that had already passed he had managed. Perhaps a month? Every day she didn't have money to pay for the case in Chancery to get Henry away from Lord Rayner was a risk.

She mentally compiled the list of possible candidates. It was a short list. In fact, it wasn't a list, it was two men. A viscount had emerged from the card room, then returned there immediately. He'd rolled his eyes at the late morning time she specified for them to meet tomorrow, as though she ought to know he was much too superior to be out of bed before twelve.

The lord she was currently dancing with was ostentatiously lecturing her on the correct posture in a dance. She wasn't certain yet he fit the requirements of her father's will. Was he a peer, or just an arrogant young fop with a courtesy title still belonging to his father? She needed to catch Caroline's eye and ask her to check, but she was preoccupied with where he might put his feet next.

Grace jerked away from a step threatening her toes and found herself eye level with a set of broad shoulders in a perfectly tailored coat.

"May I cut in." The intruder's tone made it a statement, rather than a question.

(Continues…)


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BuckeyeAngel 9 months ago
To save her younger brother from an abusive lord, Grace must take her destiny in her own hand and find a peer to marry who will let her have her freedom. Everett Hetherington is desperate enough to take Grace up on her offer, but he has plans of his own, including capturing her heart. I really enjoyed this story. Both characters were well developed. I loved following both of them as their feelings grew. I really liked the overall story and liked the introduction to some of the side characters. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
BuckeyeAngel 9 months ago
To save her younger brother from an abusive lord, Grace must take her destiny in her own hand and find a peer to marry who will let her have her freedom. Everett Hetherington is desperate enough to take Grace up on her offer, but he has plans of his own, including capturing her heart. I really enjoyed this story. Both characters were well developed. I loved following both of them as their feelings grew. I really liked the overall story and liked the introduction to some of the side characters. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Suze-Lavender 12 months ago
Grace's father has left his daughter with a huge problem. After his death Grace is about to lose her independence. Her father was a rich man, but she can only have access to money through her dowry, which means she has to marry someone first. Grace's father planned for Grace to marry the lord he selected for her and has given him custody over Grace's little brother and his inheritance. Grace doesn't want to attach herself to this evil and violent man. She fears for her brother's safety. The only way to get her brother back is by marrying someone else under the condition that she's allowed to use part of her dowry, but there's a stipulation in the will, Grace can only marry a member of the ton. Grace's dowry is substantial, will she able to find a man who's willing to marry her for half of her money with a tight contract between them? When Grace meets Everett, the Earl of Westbury, she's finally found a man she doesn't loathe. Everett is desperate, his brother was the heir, but died. He needs money and marrying Grace would solve his problems. Can he convince Grace to become his wife? He can't believe his luck when the handsome woman shows an interest, but will he be able to make her fall in love with him? Will he be able to turn their business match into something more? Grace doesn't think she belongs in Everett's world, can he convince her that love is the only thing that matters? Six Weeks with a Lord is a wonderful romantic story. I absolutely loved Grace. She's strong, independent and smart. She knows what she wants and is clever enough to get it. This doesn't mean she doesn't have to pay a price though. Emotionally Grace is suffering. Her father has abandoned her in all possible ways, but Grace isn't inclined to follow his wishes. The man her father wanted her to marry is dangerous and Grace doesn't want him to come anywhere near her. She has to find a way to get custody over her brother. Finding out if she would kept me on the edge of my seat. Her marriage with Everett seems to be a step in the right direction. He's a chivalrous and handsome man, but he's also keeping something from Grace that could destroy their union. He's falling head over heels in love with her and his secrets are threatening to wreck his dreams for the future. I loved this idea for a story and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover more. Eve Pendle has a fabulous enchanting writing style. I loved every single word of Six Weeks with a Lord. It's a captivating story with many surprising twists and turns. I liked the chemistry between the main characters and their inner struggles are making their relationship incredibly fascinating. There's a lot of love, but there's also plenty of distrust and there are many obstacles to overcome. Eve Pendle describes all of the emotions involved in a fantastic thorough and open way. It makes her story come to life incredibly well. Six Weeks with a Lord is a gorgeous story about true love, finding solutions, friendship, acceptance and family. I highly recommend this amazing book.
Suze-Lavender 12 months ago
Grace's father has left his daughter with a huge problem. After his death Grace is about to lose her independence. Her father was a rich man, but she can only have access to money through her dowry, which means she has to marry someone first. Grace's father planned for Grace to marry the lord he selected for her and has given him custody over Grace's little brother and his inheritance. Grace doesn't want to attach herself to this evil and violent man. She fears for her brother's safety. The only way to get her brother back is by marrying someone else under the condition that she's allowed to use part of her dowry, but there's a stipulation in the will, Grace can only marry a member of the ton. Grace's dowry is substantial, will she able to find a man who's willing to marry her for half of her money with a tight contract between them? When Grace meets Everett, the Earl of Westbury, she's finally found a man she doesn't loathe. Everett is desperate, his brother was the heir, but died. He needs money and marrying Grace would solve his problems. Can he convince Grace to become his wife? He can't believe his luck when the handsome woman shows an interest, but will he be able to make her fall in love with him? Will he be able to turn their business match into something more? Grace doesn't think she belongs in Everett's world, can he convince her that love is the only thing that matters? Six Weeks with a Lord is a wonderful romantic story. I absolutely loved Grace. She's strong, independent and smart. She knows what she wants and is clever enough to get it. This doesn't mean she doesn't have to pay a price though. Emotionally Grace is suffering. Her father has abandoned her in all possible ways, but Grace isn't inclined to follow his wishes. The man her father wanted her to marry is dangerous and Grace doesn't want him to come anywhere near her. She has to find a way to get custody over her brother. Finding out if she would kept me on the edge of my seat. Her marriage with Everett seems to be a step in the right direction. He's a chivalrous and handsome man, but he's also keeping something from Grace that could destroy their union. He's falling head over heels in love with her and his secrets are threatening to wreck his dreams for the future. I loved this idea for a story and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover more. Eve Pendle has a fabulous enchanting writing style. I loved every single word of Six Weeks with a Lord. It's a captivating story with many surprising twists and turns. I liked the chemistry between the main characters and their inner struggles are making their relationship incredibly fascinating. There's a lot of love, but there's also plenty of distrust and there are many obstacles to overcome. Eve Pendle describes all of the emotions involved in a fantastic thorough and open way. It makes her story come to life incredibly well. Six Weeks with a Lord is a gorgeous story about true love, finding solutions, friendship, acceptance and family. I highly recommend this amazing book.
Historical_Romance_Lover 12 months ago
I loved Grace and Everett's story!! Grace will marry just about anyone to save her brother and Everett is the best of the bunch. But she wants a marriage of convenience as she doesn't trust anyone in the aristocracy. Everett needs Grace's dowry to save his family from creditors. They agree to marry, but both have conditions. The biggest one being that Grace must act as a loving wife for 6 weeks. Then Everett will let you live her life on her own. But what Grace doesn't know is that Everett has no desire to let her go. Can this marriage of convenience turn into one based on love? This was my first book by Pendle and I loved it! I'm excited to see what she comes up with next!
MyBookAddictionandMore 12 months ago
Six Weeks with a Lord by Eve Pendle is a wonderful addition to the Victorian Romance world. Debut author. Well crafted, and well written. A marriage of convenience, emotional, secrets, suspense, poignant and witty, makes for a page turning story. Grace Arnott and Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury make an emotional, engaging and believable couple. Sparks fly and love blossoms What a beautiful story! Ms. Pendle is an talented author who pulled me into her story and held me there in awe. I hope to read more from this talented author. “I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review.” Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR
MyBookAddictionandMore 12 months ago
Six Weeks with a Lord by Eve Pendle is a wonderful addition to the Victorian Romance world. Debut author. Well crafted, and well written. A marriage of convenience, emotional, secrets, suspense, poignant and witty, makes for a page turning story. Grace Arnott and Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury make an emotional, engaging and believable couple. Sparks fly and love blossoms What a beautiful story! Ms. Pendle is an talented author who pulled me into her story and held me there in awe. I hope to read more from this talented author. “I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review.” Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR
MyBookAddictionandMore 12 months ago
Six Weeks with a Lord by Eve Pendle is a wonderful addition to the Victorian Romance world. Debut author. Well crafted, and well written. A marriage of convenience, emotional, secrets, suspense, poignant and witty, makes for a page turning story. Grace Arnott and Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury make an emotional, engaging and believable couple. Sparks fly and love blossoms What a beautiful story! Ms. Pendle is an talented author who pulled me into her story and held me there in awe. I hope to read more from this talented author. “I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however, these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review.” Rating: 4 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR
georgia1 12 months ago
This story captures all the best of historical romance. The hero and heroine who by chance find each other and enter into a marriage of convenience that will satisfy their immediate needs. With "I have to marry a lord" being the first line in the story said by Grace Arnott, I knew this was going to be intriguing. But it was infinitely so much more. Grace's father had been a successful merchant that had recently passed away and had left in his will that she must marry a peer in order to obtain her inheritance and control of her younger brother Henry. Henry had been put in the guardianship of a despicable lord who wanted Grace for himself. Desperate, the word is circulated so that she might find that man quickly. Everett Hetherington, the Earl of Westbury is forced to look for a rich match to help him get out of financial trouble due to the mess his father and older brother had left before their deaths. Both attending a ball, Grace is the first person he sees and the stage is set. But Grace has many stipulations regarding their marriage of convenience. She will give Everett six weeks living at his estate and he is determined to win her over to be a "real" wife. Of course Grace is very jaded against aristocrats due to being looked down upon for so long as merchant class. Sound simple? Well it is anything but. This story had a little of it all. Secrets, suspense and such strong emotions that will pull at your heart. There is a lot at stake for Everett to convince Grace to stay as a real wife, but most of all the love he has begun to feel for her. Can the two truly find love and can Grace save her brother from his appointed guardian? Prepare to not be able to put this story down as you turn the first page. I cannot wait for more from this author and know you will feel the same!! Lori Dykes
Anonymous 12 months ago
London - 1865 Grace Alnott is disappointed that her father left her no inheritance other than a dowry that she will receive but only if she marries a Lord. In addition, her father made the odious Lord Raynor her 4-year-old brother, Henry’s guardian. Before her father died of prolonged grief at the loss of his wife, he had wanted Grace to marry Lord Raynor, but she refused because the man is a monster. Grace’s father had owned Alnott Stores, and during the man’s illness, Grace had taken over monitoring and buying for the stores. Grace wishes that she could simply advertise for a Lord to marry. She would make a deal with him to let him have half of her 50,000 pound dowry. In exchange, she would be able to reclaim her brother and stay out of the Lord’s life. At a ball that evening, Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury, learns of Grace’s proposition for a marriage of convenience and he is very intrigued because he needs money to pay his older brother’s debts. When his brother died, he left enormous debts from gambling and now Everett must pay them off. In addition, the cattle on his and his tenants’ farms have been hit with a disease that is killing many of them. Everett and Grace meet and discuss the stipulations they must agree to for the marriage. She agrees to give him half of her dowry and then move abroad with Henry. He wants her to agree to stay with him for six weeks before she can leave to carry on with her life. Should they consummate their marriage and she becomes pregnant, she must agree to have the baby at his home and leave the child with him to raise. They both agree, marry immediately, and head to his estate, Larksview. Grace is enchanted with the land but sad that Everett has had to sell so many treasures to pay off the debts. His mother, however, does not approve of him marrying someone from trade and is rude to Grace. As Grace and Everett spend time together, they find themselves caring for each other. But she is not sure she will gain custody of Henry because Lord Raynor is so evil. Will Grace decide to stay with Everett or leave and pursue getting Henry back? I was up and down with this story. It certainly points out how unfair the laws were in saddling a new peer with the previous peer’s debts. In addition, the laws against women were also very unfair. Everett has the capability and intelligence to get Henry back but he seems more intent on getting Grace is in bed. In the end, I gave the book 4 stars. I hope it truly deserves it. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
HeyerF4n 12 months ago
Seducing a Wife. A story with an interesting premise; a marriage of convenience, in name only, in exchange for a peer receiving half of his wife’s dowry. I really liked Grace, who was a strong woman who came up with a risky plan in order to rescue and be reunited with her four year old brother. Everett, a typically arrogant man, lies to her by omission and thinks to get his hands on all of her dowry by seducing her into making the marriage permanent but eventually comes through for her. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
CathyGeha 12 months ago
Grace Alnott’s father has stipulated she must marry a peer to receive her inheritance so her idea is to find a poor man with a title to marry her but he will have to abide by her terms. Everett Hetherington, Earl of Westbury was in the military when his father and later his brother, the heir, died. He is back from war and destitute thus willing to engage in a marriage of convenience… He wants to save his estate and she wants to get her money in hopes of freeing her young brother from the man that is currently his guardian. Grace and Everett do marry but they keep secrets from one another that later come out and create problems. I enjoyed this book but wished that Grace and Everett had been honest from the beginning. They were attracted to one another but both so guarded that it was difficult for them to really connect on all levels. I wanted to sit the two of them down and have them talk openly but that just didn’t seem to happen. I wanted to know a bit more about some of the other characters in the book: Everett’s brother George, Grace’s friends Caroline and Maurice, Lord Rayner and even Grace’s parents. I would also have liked to know how the issue with the cattle ended and perhaps whether or not Everett ended up with an heir. NOTE: I did look up Rinderpest, the disease that was attacking the cattle on Everett’s estate. It was lethal and continued to plague animals for over a decade after this story took place even into the early 21st century. Did I enjoy the book? Yes Would I read another book by this author? Yes Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing-Amara for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars