The Lady's Legacy

The Lady's Legacy

by Deb Marlowe
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The Lady's Legacy by Deb Marlowe

Light fingers, fast feet, a quick wit and empathy for the downtrodden--none of these qualities will help Miss Francis 'Flightly' Headley fit in with Regency Society. They are perfect for a young woman helping the infamous Hestia Wright at Half Moon House, however. And they might be exactly what is needed to find Hestia's long-lost son.

Lost is Mr. Rhys Caradec's preferred state. An artist and a hedonist, he lives his life exactly as he wishes--unfettered and free. He has no interest in either of his warring parents, but finds himself unexpectedly fascinated with his mother's assistant.

Each believes they can bring the other around to their way of thinking. Both recognize the rising passion between them--but they are far too different, their circumstances too convoluted, for them to ever fall in love . . .

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158856068
Publisher: Deb Marlowe
Publication date: 11/27/2017
Series: Half Moon House Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 194,008
File size: 842 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Deb Marlowe adores History, England and Men in Boots. Clearly she was destined to write Regency Historical Romance. A Golden Heart Award winner and Rita nominee, Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she'd read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party--even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. A proud geek, history buff and story addict, she loves to talk with readers! Find her discussing books, movies, TV, recipes and her infamous Men in Boots on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Find out Behind the Book details and interesting historical tidbits at deb@ debmarlowe.com

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The Lady's Legacy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Francis and Rhys's story! I loved Francis and her personality. She was someone that you would want to be your friend. I also really liked Rhys. Living the life that he wanted and not wanting to get into the drama of his parents definitely made him a different type of hero than I normally read about. A great addition to the Half Moon House series!!
DianaInSC More than 1 year ago
A subtle, compelling Regency romance with a hot artist I am a fan of Deb Marlowe, and she has outdone herself with this wonderful novel. It is a masterpiece of true depth, and I hope that tons of readers will give it a try. The rich prose swept me away to Edinburgh, Scotland, in the early 1800s. I was addicted from the very first chapter. This book deals with some serious issues like child abuse, rape, and poverty, but the book still has a warm, vivacious, and sometimes funny tone to it. In between some serious moments, there was lots of fun flirting and frolicking around Edinburgh with a tall, sexy artist. In this Half Moon House series, an important minor character has been Miss Hestia Wright, a famous former courtesan who is devoted to giving abused women and children a better life. She also constantly must play a game of wits preventing the despicable and powerful Lord Marstoke from committing more depravities in the world. Marstoke had abducted and raped Hestia when she was about 18, and she had to hide her resulting beloved son in another country so that Marstoke could not find and raise him. Hestia has been separated from her son for about 20 years, which made her sad. Now, Marstoke has discovered the son, Rhys Caradec, and Marstoke is trying to use the young man as a tool to hurt Hestia. Rhys is a talented artist who travels Europe and thinks heneeds no emotional entanglements, until he meets the fascinating Miss Francis. Hestia's assistant Francis "Flightly" Headley wants to find Hestia's son so that Hestia can reunite with him. Above all, Francis wants to make Hestia happy, since Hestia rescued her and gave her a new life. Francis is street-smart and worldwise. She is very good at impersonating a low-class boy, which is a safer person to be than a pretty young woman alone. She has never been tempted before now to start a relationship with a man, but finding Rhys Caradec in Edinburgh changes everything. He is a good-looking, sensual artist with impressive talent. I love the romance that slowly blossoms between these two fascinating, likeable people. Deb Marlowe imbues her characters with subtle, intriguing traits that make them unique. I also love how the author described Rhys's painting process. I feel as if I could see the artwork taking shape. There were really cool sensory descriptions that made the settings so tangible. FYI, there were a few sensual, intimate love scenes with mild to moderate steaminess. I quite liked those scenes. I highly recommend this novel to any fan of Regency romance who likes a sometimes serious story.
SMeeko More than 1 year ago
FINAL DECISION: A sweet romance with a whole bunch of drama and intrigue surrounding the couple. THE STORY: Miss Francis Headley has come to Edinburgh to search out the long-lost son of her employer. Rhys Caradec is an artist who keeps himself apart from all connections because of his past. When Francis comes into his life, Rhys has no intent of getting involved with his "mother" but he definitely is intrigued with Francis who switches between boy dress and a beautiful young woman. Francis believes that she can change Rhys view and Rhys believes that Francis has agreed to his view. But there are still dangers from the battle between Rhys' parents to contend with. OPINION: This is a sweet romance between Francis and Rhys. The two meet and have a philosophical difference about a person's place in the world and involving oneself in others' lives.  That is the center of the drama between them (along with Rhys wanting nothing to do with his parents). But most of the book is these two getting to know one another and seeing the world from the other's viewpoint. I liked both characters and I smiled at Rhys' artistic temperament and his devotion to his art. I smiled at Francis's abilities to masquerade as a boy. The book has an interesting storyline with the exception that the drama between Rhys' parents is not fully set out. I suspect that more is explained in the other books but while I could figure out what was going on, I didn't feel as much drama as I expect I was supposed to. WORTH MENTIONING: I think the end of this book gives hints of an upcoming book. CONNECTED BOOKS: THE LADY'S LEGACY is the third novel in the Half Moon House series. It is not necessary to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. I've read a couple of novellas from this series, but have not read any of the prior books. I do note, however, that there are some references to prior events and other characters from the series so it might be more enjoyable to read the books in order. STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC from the author in order to write a review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A sweet, sit on the edge of your seat story with plenty of drama, romance and intrigue. Deb Marlowe is one of my favorite Historical Romance authors, she writes beautifully, with engaging characters who will steal your heart and her plot is masterfully written. Another must read by Deb Marlowe! Fans of Historical romance are sure to love THE LADY'S LEGACY. Let the saga continue! I received a complimentary copy, however, all opinions are my own. Rating: 5 Heat rating: sweet Reviewer: AprilR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Lady’s Legacy by Deb Marlowe, Francis Hadley is on a mission. In order to help the woman who had given her so much, Francis was determined to track down her long-lost son. Hestia Wright had taken a street urchin and turned her into a young lady. Francis owed Hestia so much, and she was determined to pay her back. Keeping the existence of her son secret from the Marquis of Marstoke had been necessary to protect him. But now that the Marquis knew of his existence, there is no need to keep the secret anymore. Not even Hestia knew the location of her son, so Francis was determined to pay her back with that knowledge. But Rhys Caradec did not want to be found. An artist of some talent though he couldn’t remain hidden forever. When Francis discovers one of his paintings hanging in the British Museum, she finally has a lead on his whereabouts. Dressed as her urchin boy alter ego “Flightly“ Francis sets off for Edinburgh. Literally running into him, she makes quite an impression. And that is where the story begins. Different From Your Average Regency This is somewhat different from your average Regency. Usually the young woman in question is of the gentry, and of course the man normally has a title. It was interesting to read about quite different characters this time. The story itself is exciting, interesting, and quickly draws you in. Although this is the third book in the Half Moon series, this is the first book I’ve read from this author. I look forward to getting more books in the series. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review. KriisGaia
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
Rhys Caradec wonders around searching for his next inspiration to sketch or paint. Never putting down roots and never forming true relationships because people always leave. He has no need to be found and will not be used as a pawn between his warring parents. Fast on her feet and clever and smart as a whip Francis “Flighty” Headley only need direction and guidance and a purpose to truly thrive thanks to Hestia Wright she’s overcome her past. The love for her greatest friend and champion, Hestia has Francis on the search for the one gift that could repay her debut, find Hestia’s son. Putting on her former persona “Flighty” Francis sets out to run down Rhys and make him see that he should forgive Hestia for leaving him and see the good she does. Rhys sees only hurt in Hestia’s work and will make Francis see the truth of it. As passion flares and the lines blur each start to fall and their relationship starts to bloom into a friendship the walls start to fall and Rhys conventions start to waver. Little did Rhys know that being found by Francis would be his greatest gift if only he could except a path he never wanted. I wish I had read the books before this one so I need to go back and read them. I’m looking forward to the next book.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Trying to help her employer, Hestia Wright at Half Moon House, Miss Francis Headley travels to Edinburgh to find Hestia's son. Her son, Rhys, has hidden away being content as an artist and doing just as he wishes. He has no desire to go back to his mother and get between her and his father's constant battles. Not feeling as if he could count on anyone growing up he is does not want to depend on anyone. Francis, aka Flighty, has disguised herself as a young boy to try to find Rhys and as they meet, his life will never be the same!! This story is full of entertaining characters that you become very involved with and some wonderful descriptions of Scotland that make you feel part of the story. Follow the journey of Rhys and Francis and you will be entertained until you turn the last page. I have not read the rest of this series but I intend to go back and get caught up. This can be read as a standalone.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story because it isn't the usual kind of characters. Francis is so different. She can adapt to any kind of crowd. She can be a boy or a girl. Hestia helped Francis when she really needed it and Francis wanted to repay Hestia in some way. So, she sets out to find Hestia's son that Hestia had to give up when he was a child. Rhys is that child and he doesn't want to be found by his mother or the man who fathered him. His father is a really reprehensible person and loves manipulating everyone. Rhys wants no part of that and he thinks his mother abandoned him for selfish reasons, so he wants nothing to do with her either. Francis sets out to get him to reunite with his mother, but finds he is much more stubborn, where his parents are concerned, than she thought. How can she convince him to see his mother and how can he convince her that he just wants to be free of all the drama of his parents?