The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands Series #6)

The Highland Earl (Lords of the Highlands Series #6)

by Amy Jarecki

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Overview

Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Outlander in this action-packed Scottish romance where a marriage of convenience leads to secrets that could be deadly.

With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. And beautiful Lady Evelyn Pierrepont would be the perfect match. But there's more behind the English lass's calm demeanor than she's letting on, including a smoldering allure not even John can ignore.

Evelyn has no desire to wed the rugged Scottish earl, but at least she'll be able to continue her work as a spy-as long as her husband never finds out. Yet the more time Evelyn spends with John and his boys, the fonder she grows of their little family, and the last thing she wants to do is put them in danger. As alliances shift and enemies draw closer, soon everything they hold dear is at risk: their lands, their love, and their very lives.

Lords of the Highlands series:
The Highland Duke
The Highland Commander
The Highland Guardian
The Highland Chieftain
The Highland Renegade

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538716021
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Series: Lords of the Highlands Series , #6
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 106,489
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Award winning and Amazon All-Star author, Amy Jarecki likes to grab life, latch on, and reach for the stars. She's married to a mountain-biking pharmacist and has put four kids through college. She studies karate, ballet, yoga, and often you'll find her hiking Utah's Santa Clara Hills. Reinventing herself a number of times, Amy sang and danced with the Follies, was a ballet dancer, a plant manager, and an accountant for Arnott's Biscuits in Australia. After earning her MBA from Heroit-Watt University in Scotland, she dove into the world of Scottish historical romance and hasn't returned. Become a part of her world and learn more about Amy's books on amyjarecki.com.

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The Highland Earl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Ireadergosum More than 1 year ago
The fact that Evelyn is a spy was what initially intrigued me and had me picking this one up! It did not disappoint. This historical romance has the slowest burn during this marriage of convenience. I enjoyed watching both characters get to know each other, and how Evelyn’s relationships with John (the Earl of Mar), and his sons develop. All the twists and turns and connections between different characters kept me guessing the whole way. I loved the use of the historical era in this one also, and that’s not just because I have a thing for highlanders. Haha. Although this is one great highlander, who is as caring as he is hot. Don’t get me wrong he has his faults, but he figures it out. Evelyn is definitely a match as a caring woman, even if she is a little on the naive side but it works for this story. If you like highlanders, romance, historical romances, I definitely recommend this one! Thank you so much to Forever and Grand Central Publishing for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Historical_Romance_Lover 12 months ago
Evelyn has no desire to marry, but when John starts to pursue her, she sees it as a way to find out information to help her gain information for 'handler". She ends up marrying him and seeing a side of him that he doesn't show the rest of the world. John needs a mother for his sons and money to pay of his debts. Evelyn seems like the perfect person to fit both his needs. But he soon learns that there is much more to the lady than he first thought. Can the marriage of convenience, turn into one of love? I had been really sadden by what I felt was a lack of quality to Jarecki's writing with this series. It just hadn't been up to par to her first series. So much so that I didn't even finish the 3rd book in this series. When I saw this one, I decided to give her another shot. I did read book 4 & 5 before this one and really enjoyed both of them. I enjoyed this one even more! The writing seemed to be more on par with her earlier work. I'm glad I decided to give Jarecki another shot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Tlbran More than 1 year ago
The Highland Earl is the sixth book in the Lords of the Highland series. I’ve not read the entire series but have added them to my TBR list after finishing this book. This book is full of intrigue, mystery, action, betrayal, politics, a marriage of convenience and romance. John, the Earl of Mar, has lost his wife and inherited debt from his father. He doesn’t want his sons to ever have to have that worry so he is looking for a new wife and stepmother for his two sons. Lady Evelyn comes with a good dowry and is a duke’s daughter so he decides she will do nicely and makes arrangements with her father. Lady Evelyn is a Jacobite sympathizer and doesn’t agree with her father’s business or political dealings. She supplies information she finds from her father to a man she thinks is also a supporter of the cause, but things aren’t always as they appear. Evelyn slowly comes to realize this and finds out she is mistaken about her new husband’s beliefs. The characters were strong and well developed. The book was well written, face paced and hard to put down! I can’t wait to see who the hero will be in the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
The Highland Earl by Amy is a historical romance. I loved that it was based on a real historical character. Lady Evelyn was practically a spy in her father’s house. She felt her father mistreated their servants and had unscrupulous shipping practices. John, also referred to as Mar was part of the queen’s cabinet and a Scotsman. I found the storyline around the cabinet and the queen very interesting and I am not a history buff. John is a widower with two young sons. His father left him with a large debt that marrying Lady Evelyn can cover. They are married rather quickly within the book which also begins the many physical scenes. Admittedly I thought I knew how the book would end. However Amy handled the situation a little differently that I really liked. Amy kept surprising me, something would happen sooner than I expected so I knew something else must be coming. Sexual content 4 - several scenes with detail. Violence – 1 nothing major, Language Alcohol - casual drinking,
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
At her first royal ball, Evelyn saw him talking to her father. "Truly he might possibly be the most striking man she'd ever seen. It was all she could do not to openly gawk. No, she'd never met a man such as he. Beautiful, yet masculine. His face youthful, yet sophisticated and wise. The inability to put her finger on what made the earl more alluring caused her to stare more." It was the first time she has seen John Erskine, the Earl of Mar and Secretary of State for Scotland. Of course with her current occupation of spying and helping the cause of the Jacobites, which supported her passion to end the power of the aristocracy, she thought him another priviledged peer. Amy Jarecki is a master at creating a story with all of the elements of a dazzling Scottish romance that will take your breath away! An arranged marriage, a simmering passion that explodes, suspense that will keep you intrigued, secrets that will come out and a road to love that winds it way to the end. There is so much more I can say, but I will leave you with words of wisdom. If you enjoy reading stories that will grab you from the first page and hold your attention until the end, this one is for you! Have enjoyed this series so much and although this can be read as a standalone, I encourage you to read them all!! Lori Dykes
Brownac101 More than 1 year ago
With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. The beautiful Lady Evelyn Pierrepont would be the perfect match and mother for his sons. She’s a duke’s daughter so she can teach his son’s about court life and manners. But there's more behind the Evelyn’s demeanor than she's letting on, there’s a feisty lass with a smoldering allure not even John can ignore. I love this feisty English woman, she doesn’t know who to trust and before we know it we find out she’s been trusting the wrong people and their very lives are in danger. They are declared traitors and on the run trying to prove their innocence. The story is wonderful it’s filled with Highland magic, romance with a lusty Earl and two find lads who keep life interesting. I voluntarily read and reviewed this captivating book.
Tink4evr More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this story. Eve is wonderful. She is passionate about her causes and fierce and loyal to those she loves. John is awesome and maddening in turns. They make an absolutely stunning pair. The author has used her vast knowledge of historical facts to ensnare us in the politics of the time and take us on a wild ride of love and intrigue. You will be delighted at every turn of the page.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Evelyn, the English heroine, tries to even the playing field by spying for what she thinks is a good cause. But things are sometimes not as they appear, including her new arranged marriage husband, who turns out to be much more than just a verra handsome Scottish face. John hasn’t completely gotten over the loss of what he considered the perfect, docile wife. He’s still in love with her and doesn’t want to let down the walls around his guarded heart. He’s got two young boys to raise though so has no choice but to secure a nuturing, wealthy wife so he can climb out of a mountain of debt his father passed along to him. These two get thrown into a melting pot of lies, deceit, and life threatening betrayal. Surrendering to one another is the only way they will survive to defeat their enemies. With back and forth relationship angst, true love eventually conquers all. It just takes time, patience, a carefully laid out plan, and a willingness to put everything on the line for one another. I liked the fact Evelyn tried to right wrongs she saw happening around her. Though she had to do so covertly, she was fighting for social justice in her own, privileged way. It took awhile for John to allow himself to think of Evelyn in more ways than just a means to his future and a warm bed at night. Title: The Highland Earl, Series: Lords of the Highlands (Book 6), Author: Amy Jarecki, Pages: 384, stand-alone but part of a series, afraid to love again widow hero with two sons, much younger virgin heroine, thinks she’s doing the right thing leads to trouble, still in love with his dead wife, Book 1 - The Highland Duke (Akira & Geordie), Pages: 384, 3/28/17 Book 2 - The Highland Commander (Magdalen & Aidan), Pages: 384, 6/27/17 Book 3 - The Highland Guardian (Reid & Audrey), Pages: 368, 12/19/17 Book 4 - The Highland Chieftain (Mairi & Dunn), Pages: 352, 7/31/18 Book 5 - The Highland Renegade (Robert & Janet), Pages: 384, 1/8/19 Book 6 - The Highland Earl (John & Evelyn), Pages: 368, 6/25/19 (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review. There is no affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley)
Luadri More than 1 year ago
The Highland Earl is the sixth book in the Lords of Highlands series. It was an okay story, but I did feel that there was not enough romance in it. I felt that there was more of a physical attraction between John, Earl of Mar and Lady Evelyn. They get married without really knowing each other. They marry each other to serve their own purpose. He to gain a stepmother for his sons and her dowry. A dowry that will help him repay most of the debt that his father left behind. Evelyn's purpose was to spy on him. She had been assisting a group of people to aid the common man. Which later caused her to have problems in her marriage. Sadly most of their relationship through out the story is them hiding things from each other and having lots of sexy times. Their marriage has been mostly them having dinner and John visiting her at night. It is not until we hit the climax of the story that we see them get to know each other better. Unfortunately it took too long for me to that connection outside their bedroom. *Thank you to the publisher for providing the ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.*
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Highland Early by Amy Jarecki Lords of the Highlands #6 Lady Evelyn Pierrepont at 21 years of age and bred to marry someone of her own status realizes that she will marry strategically rather than as a result of falling in love but she had hoped to at least be consulted or given a choice. John Erskine, Earl of Mar, is recently widowed with sons 5 and 9 years of age. He needs money to get out of debt and knows he needs a stepmother for his sons BUT he never plans to fall in love again. With their upcoming nuptials and no love in sight the two really have what amounts to a convenient if not emotional marriage. In some ways I am sure this is more realistic of weddings that took place in the 1700’s than those written with flowery prose and love in abundance. The age difference of 16 years seemed to also be in keeping with the times. I could see how Evelyn became entangled in spying for a cause she believed in though I am not sure that her ability to sneak around would have been as easy as it was made in the book. The physical relationship of the two was much easier than communicating, sharing and really getting to know one another. In fact, there was more misunderstanding than understanding for a large portion of the book. I am not sure how believable the story is overall but it was a fun way to spend the day today. I enjoyed watching John and Evelyn work their way to a happy life together...eventually. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and Forever-Grand Central Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
Scottish/English history of the end of Queen Anne's reign is packed with spying, intrigue, political maneuvering and treason. This time in history is the setting for Amy Jarecki's exciting and steamy series. This is the best story so far. It takes us to Queen Anne's inner circle of government and the delicate line the Secretary of Scotland must balance. John Erskine, Earl of Mar, is the Secretary of Scotland whose reputation is Bobbin John because his support of Scotland seems to facilitate. He's newly widowed with two young sons and deeply in debt left from his father. This is the man balancing his beloved Scotland from being raped by England's rule and trying to provide the best care for his clan. He is forced to solve his debt problem by marrying an English heiress. Lady Evelyn Pierrepont is beautiful and will be snapped off the marriage mart if he doesn't act quickly. He enters into a marriage contract with her father, the Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, thinking her father has discussed this with his daughter. He has his work cut out for him when he discovers she's shocked to discover she's about to be married to a Scottish statesman she's just met. Lady Evelyn is the oldest daughter of Hull's three daughters. She's just turned into her majority and entered society. She has a stout heart for the wrongly and mistreated common man. Her father is rich by mistreating and underpaying his servants. He has no loyalty to those in his service when they get sick or aged. He also is a smuggler who avoids paying duties to the crown. His latest shipment would drive down the prices of Scottish goods hurting the people. This enrages Evelyn so's influenced by Mr Claude Dubois, Emissary from the French King Luis. He's convinced her to spy on her father to help the Jacobite cause and English downtrodden. Dubois is over joyed when he finds his information can now come from Erskine's household through Evelyn, especially when in reality he's gathering information for the French invasion of England. With this persuasion Evelyn goes through with the marriage seeing a loveless future albeit one useful to the cause. Wow what a love story packed full of prejudgement, spying, treason, running for their lives and passion. This story is woven with political intrigue and so much steam. It is the best story Amy Jarecki has penned yet. As events unfold Evelyn discovers she misjudged John and John discovers such intelligent passion in his new bride. They forge a strong union to aid Scotland's future. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced readers copy of this story. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
NhaughtyV More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars “In this moment, there’s no place I’d rather be than in your arms.” Newly widowed and debt ridden, John Erskine, the Earl of Mar, is in search of a bride and stepmom to his two young sons. After meeting Lady Evelyn Pierrepont, the Earl feels as if she is a good fit for his family. But Lady Evelyn has secrets that could cost him more than just the loss of his position in the Queen’s court. Lady Evelyn Pierrepont is an activist for the common people. Tired of seeing how her father uses his power and influence over the servants and those less fortunate he deems beneath him, Evelyn does everything she can to offer aid. On a chance meeting, Lady Evelyn becomes the confidant of a Frenchman who professes to share her disregard for the Queen’s policy and the other gentry within parliament and offers her a way of furthering their cause…become a spy for the Jacobites. What starts as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes one filled with passion, but only within the confines of Eve and John’s bedchamber. Each of them suspects the other of keeping secrets, and misunderstandings and lack of communication could cost these lovers the ultimate price...treason’s death at the hands of the hangman or worse. Amy Jarecki has written a fast paced Highland adventure filled with intrigue and romance. While this is the 6th installment to the Lords of the Highlands series, it may be read standalone. I found The Highland Earl impossible to put down! Loved and highly recommend!
silvatrend8553 More than 1 year ago
With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. Evelyn has no desire to wed the rugged Scottish earl, but at least she'll be able to continue her work as a spy-as long as her husband never finds out. I have read this author's work before and found this particular title to be one of the best I have read. The characters are well drawn and engaging and the story is engrossing. There is intrigue and romance. I gave this newest title 4.65(rounded up to 5) of 5.0 stars for storyline and characterization. I received a complimentary digital ARC of this book to read. This in no way affected my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
RobinLovesReading More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars John Erskine is the Earl of Mar, and he is also the widowed father of two sons. Thanks to a mountainous debt due to his father, John's estate is suffering and he needs to remarry as soon as possible. John is familiar with the Duke of Kingston-Upon Hull and the fact that he happens to have a young, very beautiful, marriageable daughter. This young woman is Lady Evelyn Pierrepont and she would make just the perfect countess - while affording the opportunity to wipe away John's debts. Evelyn is certainly not keen on marrying the rugged, handsome Earl. She is working hard as a spy for the Jacobites and feels the earl is too much like her father when it comes to his political leanings. The fact that the earl is part of Queen Anne's council is rather despicable to Evelyn. However, she most honor the wishes of her father and thus prepares to become John's bride. Will she be able to continue as an effective spy? Furthermore, what of his sons, Thomas and Oliver? They only just lost their mother three months previously. She knows it will not be easy for her to jump right in as their stepmother. It actually does not take long at all for Evelyn to blend right in with John and the boys. The fact that she plans on furthering her activities just might place the family in danger. This is something Evelyn never expected could happen. The Highland Earl is certainly not a simple romance, a story of a man and a woman marrying for convenience and trying to create a love match in the process. What happens here is that, while they learn about one another, Evelyn's work, and also that of John's, comes to cross purposes and changes the entire flavor of this book. Yes, the aspect of espionage truly makes this story fly. It is of great interest as to how Evelyn became a spy to begin with, as she was just twenty-one years of age. Her knowledge of her father's activities greatly influenced her to seek to make changes, or make whatever mark she could to right the many wrongs she has seen her father and others do. While Evelyn seeks to remain loyal to those she answers to, she cannot help but be drawn to John and even begins to doubt some of the rumors she has heard about him. When the family is faced with grave danger the couple are afforded the opportunity to see where their marriage could go - that is, if they survive. What an exciting read by Amy Jarecki! I have read the first five books in this series and am really glad to have read this entry. This romance by Amy Jarecki is the sixth book in the Lords of the Highlands series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel. This delightful story has a lot to offer and I highly recommend it. Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Amy writes with such passion, such feeling that it comes through expertly on the pages. John and Evelyn start out rocky but thru all their perils find the way to one anothers hearts. John is a widower with two sons and some might claim the most eligible bachelor. But his seemingly wishy washy politics make it hard to know if he stands for his Scottish countrymen or has sold out to the English and the queen. But once he decides that Evelyn will meet the needs as mother of his sons he goes after her. Evelyn doesn't know what to think. She supports the true king as a Jacobite in secret. Her father's unseemigly business dealings are against everything she is and John seems to agree with her father. How can a union work? But Maybe she can use him and his place on the queens cabinet. Despite the growing attraction between them the distance caused by untrust is abounding. And that distrust causes dangers that Evelyn never dreamed possible. Aligning herself with someone hiding his true nature brings out Johns protective side. And protecting his wife and family, not to mention clearing his name as a traitor is first on his list. Evelyn never wanted to put the boys in harms way. But with them safely away she is all alone with her husband. And tucked away from all troubles and trials their love begins to bloom. The trust begins to be built and passions ignite. Will they be able to safely clear their names and gain the queens trust or will they forever be called traitors running for their lives?
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining book. Lady Evelyn Pierrepont finds herself in a marriage of convenience with John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, a widower with two young sons. His sons need a mother and he needs money. Evelyn wants to continue her secret efforts to support Prince James and the Jacobite cause. The events of this story held my interest and the book was fast-paced. I enjoyed this book and would read other books by this author.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Hear, hear! If you enjoy eighteenth century Scottish politics and equate sex and lust with romance, this book is for you. THE HIGHLAND EARL stands entirely on its own, and the Author's Note explains why. John Erskine was a real historical figure, and Amy Jarecki mentions what artistic liberties she took in writing this novel. Sad to say, it is one such liberty that caused my main issue with the book, apart from the two large ones. Our fictional John Erskine, the Earl of Mar, is a Scottish widower with two sons aged 9 and 5. He had loved his late wife, but he needs money and a mother for his sons. On April first 1713, at a ball, he meets Lady Evelyn Pierrepont, a duke's daughter. She's pretty enough, and he surmises she'll do just fine. For Evelyn, however, it is lust at first sight. John is Secretary of State for Scotland, and Evelyn's father is thrilled when John asks for Evelyn's hand, because of John's invaluable political connections. Evelyn agrees, not that she has much choice, but it suits her purposes as a spy. So far, so good. Alas, here is my problem: John had been married ten years to a woman he genuinely loved, and she had died three months prior after a short illness! I nearly choked! Three months! He didn't seem destitute, he never showed that he was grieving, unless the author told us in passing, and the boys seemed entirely unaffected. Of course, as the author *told* us, he would never be able to love again, which was a non issue in itself. He wasn't even in lust with Evelyn until he saw her bare nipples. No, not my idea of romantic hero at all. Now, Evelyn, she of the oft-mentioned bountiful bosoms. She who displays none of the qualities needed in a spy - in spite of being repeatedly *told* that she is so talented - until the very end. I didn't find John a suitable romantic lead at all, and his dislike of Evelyn's dog didn't help. He is a boor (not a boar), he seems to be angry most of the time, he's always cursing (no f-bombs), and his obsession with Evelyn's breasts reached a point where I wondered if there would have been a romance had she been flat-chested. At 15%, I had the story at three stars (those three months of widowhood didn't sit well with me), but at 62%, I had had it with her blasted boobs! I also wondered why she bothered trying to make nice with John when all she had to do was to shove her bare breasts in his face. I also never understood why Evelyn moaned in French once while having sex; it came out of nowhere. And I hope the "belle visage" is corrected in the final version. Amy Jarecki's knowledge of the politics and customs of the era is irreproachable, but Evelyn seemed rather clueless at times, especially considering her social standing and her spying. After much justified doubting, John decides he is head over heels in love with Evelyn - he had gone without seeing and touching her cushiony assets for a little while - and she is madly in love with him because he is so bonny, so talented in bed, and so kind to his servants and the little people. The boys were fine, and I did feel that John loved them. In the last quarter of the book, the focus shifts away from Evelyn's tantalising torso to concentrate on politics and a lot of action ensues; this was well done. From a historical point of view, it was an interesting story; it would have made a terrific historical fiction novel, but as a historical romance, in my opinion, it was a bust.
Pokeybooboo More than 1 year ago
The Highland Earl is the sixth book in Amy Jarecki's Lords of the Highlands series. Haven't read the first five books? No problem - I didn't read them either, and this one stood alone perfectly well. There is one problem, however... I have apparently been missing an awesome series and now have to go buy the first five and catch up! Lady Evelyn Pierrepont is the daughter of an English Duke. However, she isn't just a Lady - she is also a staunch Jacobite supporter who spies on her father for the cause! While at a ball, Eve's father introduces her to an incredibly attractive man, John Erskine, the recently widowed Earl of Mar. The Earl of Mar has an unfortunate nickname, Bobbin' John, due to his apparent inability to vote along party lines consistently. Eve's father promises his daughter in marriage to John, without her consent. She must do her duty to her father, like it or not. John, due to his father's bad management, needs her dowry funds to take care of his Scottish estate, and he needs a stepmother for his two young sons. They marry, with both parties having deep secrets they keep from each other. I just loved the relationship between Eve and John. Though attracted to each other, there wasn't any insta-love here, which made it a lot more realistic. The same was true about Eve's relationship with her two new stepsons. While the younger child was very open, the older one was not so agreeable. There was much distrust between our two leads, and they had to learn to be open in order to move forward. This book had me both smiling and crying. There was quite a bit of action here too, both of the steamy and swashbuckling kind. It was very interesting to find that the leads were based on real people. Don't miss out on this exciting story! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
CaroleBurant57 More than 1 year ago
From start to end, this story was filled with intrigue, suspense, danger, secrets and of course, romance and passion. I love it that the hero's character, John Erskine, is based on an actual historical figure and even though the author took liberties with his story, it was so well written, I didn't mind at all. Taking place in the 1700's, when Queen Anne reigns over England, Scotland and Ireland, her brother Prince James living in exile while the Jacobites plot to make him take his rightful place as King, the Earl of Mar, John Erskine, The Secretary of State of Scotland, is looking to find a wife with a dowry that he needs to pay off his father's debts and mother to his two young sons, Thomas and Oliver. He decides that Lady Evelyn Pierrepont is the perfect choice! There is more to Lady Evelyn Pierrepont than meets the eye, though!! She's very adept with a bow and arrow AND she's a spy! It doesn't take long for her to fall in love with John but she knows that he will never stop loving his dead wife. There is much danger and misunderstandings in their way before they can get their HEA but it will all have been worth it in the end. Simply put, I loved and enjoyed this story, the characters are fascinating and complex, John's young sons are a delight and I adored Evelyn's dog, Brutus, the old Corgi:) I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.