Seeking to escape an abusive husband, Theodora Ravensdale answers an ad in The Times for a job as cook in a country home. A fortuitous house fire enables her to fake her own death and flee to northern England and live under an assumed name. But Theodora's refuge is not all she would wish, when she stirs emotions in the heir to the estate, Jonathan Tenwick, and in herself.
Meanwhile, as the connection between Theodora and Jonathan grows, her husband learns she did not perish in the fire, and searches for her. Fearing he is close to finding her, Theodora must flee again to protect the family and the viscount for whom she cares deeply. In the final confrontation with her husband, Theodora learns she is stronger than she ever knew, and love is worth fighting for.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Theodora’s life seemed to swing from one extreme to another from her happy childhood, to an abusive marriage, then an escape to work as a cook in a large home and finally her happily ever after. Happiness, misery and pain, contentment, despair, and then happiness again –Theodora’s life came full circle by the end of the story. Johnathan seemed to be intelligent, nice, artistic, gentle, kind and loving. He wanted the type of affectionate devoted relationship his parents shared but wasn’t sure he would ever trust women again after his past experience with the woman he thought he would spend his life with. With Theodora living under an assumed name her life was not really her own – she had secrets she did not want to share and her marriage to overcome – and yet despite everything she was drawn to Johnathan. Johnathan, to me, seemed a gentle soul but also a product of his social class. Being drawn to an employee could happen but to act upon that attraction was generally frowned upon. Lucien, Theodora’s husband was an evil, conniving, mean, murderous villain that showed his true colors in more than one scene. The supporting cast of characters was believable and added to the story. I enjoyed reading about the food and how it was cooked even looking up what a Kitchener might be and learned it is something one of my friends recently told me she had in her English home when growing up just after WWII. Thank you to NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press for the copy of this book to read and review.
4.5 Stars Theodora Ravensdale's time for freedom has come. She finally has a chance to escape her abusive husband when their house catches fire. Running away, she finds work, in the country, as a cook at Jonathan Tenwick’s house. While working and living close together, the two of them discover that they have a spark of attraction for each other. As time goes on, it grows and blossoms into more. I loved this book. Theodora is a strong woman who took a chance to leave her abusive husband. To find some peace. Little did she know that she would find Jonathan, the love of her life. Jonathan was settled in his life with his family until Theodora comes into his life. Theodora never believed that a man could love her for herself and Jonathan never believed that he would find a love of his own. In spite of what they have both gone through they find a way to be together and find that love that they were both meant to have. Neither Theodora or Jonathan believed that they would find a love that was meant to last a life time. I liked how they fought what they were feeling and didn't succumb right away. But best of all in the end they would have their happy ever after. I would recommend this book.