The Unforgettable Hero: A Playful Brides Story

The Unforgettable Hero: A Playful Brides Story

by Valerie Bowman
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The Unforgettable Hero: A Playful Brides Story by Valerie Bowman

To escape a forced marriage to her loathsome, social-climbing cousin, Cecelia Harcourt banks on selling a romantic novel. But when she's hit by a coach on the way home from meeting a potential publisher and loses her memory, the accident leads to an encounter with a fascinating man. . . who she’s convinced is the hero of her novel.

Due to his brother's influence, Lieutenant Adam Hunt finds himself honorably discharged from the army. Adam intends to make his way in the world without the help of a war-hero duke, brother or no. He finds his plans for independence sidetracked by a chance encounter with a lady whose memory has gone. She believes he's a hero. Can Adam become the man he was meant to be and fill that lofty role?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466884427
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Playful Brides Series
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 125
Sales rank: 57,501
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps! Since her debut in 2012, Valerie's books have received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She's been an RT Reviewers' Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas calls them, "Too delightful to miss!"

Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in history from Smith College. By day, she is a technical editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.

Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV or PBS.

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The Unforgettable Hero


By Valerie Bowman

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2016 June Third Enterprises, LLC.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-8442-7


CHAPTER 1

London, July 1816


"And they lived happily ever after." Cecelia Harcourt sighed as she finished writing the words on the paper. She dipped her quill back into the inkpot one last time. The End, she scrolled across the bottom of the page, biting her smiling lip.

"Are you finished, Cece?"

Cecelia spun around at the sound of the young female voice. She'd hidden herself in the servants' quarters in the attic of the town house. The tiny whitewashed fourth-floor room was the perfect place to conceal her manuscript and her writing supplies from Uncle Herbert. It might smell like dust up here since they'd been forced to let most of the servants go, but the old codger would never climb up so many flights of stairs. And neither would his formidable wife, Aunt Selene.

"Yes, I'm finished, Mary," Cecelia replied to her twelve-year-old sister.

Mary pushed open the door and hurried over to stand next to the desk, a weak smile on her face. "May I read it, Cece? Oh, please say I may." Her sister coughed, her thin shoulders shaking.

Cecelia held her breath, waiting for Mary's coughing to subside. Then Cecelia pressed her palm to her sister's warm, pale cheek. Mary was so dear, such a sweet girl with blond hair and blue eyes. She looked so much like Mama. Cecilia had inherited her father's dark hair and eyes. She sighed and blinked away tears. Her parents. If only she could have just one more moment with either of them, but a carriage accident had taken their lives nearly two years ago and ever since, she'd been struggling to keep up a brave facade for her younger sister.

"I'm sorry, Mary," Cecelia replied, shaking her head. She pulled away her hand, turned around, and hurriedly gathered the pieces of paper. "You cannot read it today. There is no time. I must be at Mr. Cornwall's by noon and —" She glanced at the small timepiece she'd brought upstairs with her. "Good heavens, it's nearly noon now. I must hurry."

A thump that sounded from the corner drew both sisters' attention.

"Oh, Esmeralda," Cece exclaimed. "I nearly forgot about you."

A large brown rabbit sat on a rectangular cushion, blinking at both of them, nose twitching and eyes alert. Cece had saved the baby rabbit when she found her in the park one afternoon while out for a walk. There had been no sign of the mother. Cece had asked Aunt Selene if she might take the animal in and had immediately received a long-winded reprimand about the dangers of getting a dreaded disease from such a creature and the audacity to presume that paying for its food was something Cece should be so bold as to request. Dutifully, Cece had nodded her acquiescence to her aunt and left the baby there temporarily, only to sneak back later that afternoon to scoop up the poor little thing. Now Esmeralda resided in the fourth-floor room upon a cushion that Cece had sewn out of an old gingham gown that no longer fit Mary. The cushion was stuffed with hay that was pilfered from the mews behind the town house. Cece had named a lady's maid in her novel after the beloved rabbit.

Cece pulled a carrot and two celery stalks out of her long pocket and moved over to kneel in front of the rabbit. "Here you are, Esme." She turned back to her sister. "Keep an eye on her, Mary, won't you?"

Mary nodded once. Another short cough. "Yes, of course."

Wiping her hands on her skirts, Cece turned back to the desk. She gathered the pages of the manuscript that weren't yet dry and shuffled them into the larger stack. Paper was as dear as gold. A small fortune was sitting in front of her.

"Mr. Cornwall is sure to purchase your novel, Cece," Mary declared loyally. The girl had slid to her knees in front of Esmeralda and was patting the rabbit on the head while the fat little brown ball chomped on her carrot. "I just know it."

Cece hurriedly pushed the pages together. A nervous shudder worked its way through her frame. "We'll see. He was the only publisher who seemed interested in meeting with a lady author, so that's promising. Though I haven't yet informed him that my novel is a romantic one. I told him it was an adventure story. Which, of course, is also true."

Cece didn't tell her sister that this was her last hope. If she couldn't find a way to earn an income, Uncle Herbert would force her to marry her hideous first cousin, Percy. It wasn't enough that her uncle and his wife had taken over her parents' house. They also wanted the small bit of money that was left and earmarked for Cecelia's dowry. Her parents had died the year she would have had her come-out. Now, at the age of twenty, she was entirely without prospects. She'd happily give her greedy relatives every bit of the money if it meant staying far away from Percy. But her uncle and aunt were intent upon the match and had been mentioning it more and more of late. The only hope Cece had was to make an income on her own to save herself and Mary.

Mary pushed to her feet and followed Cecelia toward the door. "Just tell me, Cece, does Lady Magnolia marry the duke in the story? Do they fall in love and live happily ever after?" The girl pressed both hands to her cheeks, wheezing slightly.

Cecelia couldn't help her smile. "I can't tell you that, silly. It would ruin the story." She rumpled her sister's hair. She and Mary shared a love of happy endings. And why shouldn't they? Real life was difficult enough. In addition to their parents' deaths and Uncle Herbert's taking over as their guardian, Mary was sick with a lung disease. She needed expensive medicine that they could ill afford. They were little more than paupers, even if they could claim a connection to the ton on their father's side. Father had been the youngest son of a viscount. Their mother's younger brother, Herbert, could claim no such distinction and hoped to exploit what little familial claim to Society there was by marrying his only child to Cecelia. Cecelia would rather be hanged than marry Percy. She shuddered, then plastered her best false smile to her face for her sister.

"Don't worry, Mary. I will sell the novel, and then we'll move away to the countryside and —"

Mary's face fell. "Oh, but we can't leave the town house. Not Father's town house."

Cecelia turned away so her sister wouldn't see the worry on her face. They couldn't afford to keep the house. The creditors were sure to take it, not to mention it would be a feat to see Uncle Herbert and his corpulent wife and son removed from the premises. But she didn't want to burden her sister. Mary's wheezing worsened when she was upset. "We'll talk about it later, darling. I must go." Cecelia pulled her worn bonnet off the back of the chair and placed it atop her head. She tied a neat bow under her chin and nearly flew from the room.

"Wait!" Mary called, launching into another coughing fit.

Cece popped back into the room. Her sister pushed the stack of papers into her arms.

Cece laughed. "Oh yes, mustn't forget this." She glanced down at the first page, where she'd carefully written the title of the novel in large, scrolling letters.

Lady Magnolia and the Duke

Cecelia squeezed the papers to her chest. Oh, it just had to be good enough to be published. "Wish me luck, Mary."

"Best of luck," Mary said, picking up Esme and waving her tiny paw at Cecelia.

"And you, Esme?"

The rabbit blinked solemnly in response.

Laughing, Cece swiveled around again, rushed out of the room, and hurried down the servants' staircase. When she reached the ground floor, winded, she darted her gaze about to ensure Uncle Herbert and Cousin Percy wouldn't see her. There was no danger of being discovered by Aunt Selene. That lady rarely left her bedchamber. Thankfully, the space was deserted. Cece scurried out the back doors and passed the nearly vacant mews. Only Uncle Herbert's half-deaf old mare sat inside, unhappily chewing at an exceedingly questionable pile of hay.

Cecelia clutched the manuscript. Writing it had been a joy. One of the few joys in her otherwise bleak life of late. And yes, of course Lady Magnolia and the duke fell in love and lived happily ever after, just as Cecelia would one day. But more important, just as Mary would, because even if Cecelia failed to save herself, she refused to allow her lovely, smart sister to fall victim to a loveless marriage. That was a fate worse than death. First Cecelia would sell her novel, then she'd get Mary the medicine the girl so desperately needed, then she'd find a way to leave London and her aunt, uncle, and cousin far behind. But first things first. Lifting her head and saying a prayer that Mr. Cornwall was in a buying mood today, Cecelia strode off toward the better part of Mayfair and the home of one Mr. Eugene Cornwall. She might not have a proper lady's maid to accompany her, but that wasn't about to stop her. No matter what happened, Cecelia would save Mary.

CHAPTER 2

One hour later, as Mr. Cornwall's half-asleep butler handed Cecelia her bonnet, she decided that happily-ever-after was much more elusive than it sounded.

"My dear Miss Harcourt. No one wants to read romantic novels," Mr. Cornwall had informed her while pushing a bit of snuff up his pale nostril.

"Yes, they do!" Cecilia had insisted, thumping her fist atop the stack of manuscript pages that sat between them on the top of Mr. Cornwall's fine mahogany desk in his sparse study.

The man had eyed her over the rim of his golden spectacles. "Not anyone of good sense."

"My sister and I do, and I assure you we both have quite a lot of sense and all of it good." Cecelia took a deep breath and tried to remind herself that raising her voice to this man could not end well. But she wasn't about to allow him to tell her that no one wanted to read the sort of story she'd written. She knew for certain it wasn't true.

Mr. Cornwall's nose twitched in a way that reminded Cecelia of Esmeralda. She briefly wondered if the man had rabbits in his ancestry. Or a carrot in his desk.

"It's not a sound investment," the publisher continued, plucking at his spectacles. "I need works like history books or treatises or tomes on science. I was under the impression that you'd written an adventure story."

Cecelia cleared her throat. "Falling in love is the greatest adventure there is. Besides, those other subjects are dull."

He narrowed his eyes on her. "Those things sell."

Cece's knee was bouncing up and down in front of Mr. Cornwall's monstrosity of a desk. "What about Emma?" That particular novel had been published last Christmastide, and Cecelia had devoured every word of it. Multiple times.

Mr. Cornwall wiggled his nose. "A stroke of luck."

"What about Pride and Prejudice?" Another favorite of hers and written by a lady. A glorious lady who had provided Cecelia with the courage to try her own hand at writing such novels.

Mr. Cornwall patted down the mat of his graying hair. Come to think on it, that looked rabbit-like as well. "Nonsense. And more a discourse on the class system than a romantic novel."

Cecelia's fingertips tingled with the urge to slap the man for denigrating her favorite book. Still, she wasn't finished arguing her point. "What about —? What about —?" She'd planned to say Lady Magnolia and the Duke but that was ridiculous. How in the world would Lady Magnolia's story see the light of day if she failed to convince this man how important it was?

She squared her shoulders and calmly folded her hands in her lap. "My sister is ill. I need to sell this novel," she nearly whispered.

"My dear Miss Harcourt," the publisher replied with a look in his eyes that was not unkind. "While I agree with you that there may be some interest in such works, unfortunately, I am nearing the end of my career, and I cannot afford the risk such a venture would entail. However, I'd be happy to meet with you again if you'll bring back another type of book."

Cecelia pressed her lips together firmly. If he called her "mydearmissHarcourt" one more time she would not be responsible for her actions. She stood, smoothed her worn skirts, and expelled her breath. She would regroup. She would think of something. She had to. "I understand. Thank you for the opportunity, sir." She leaned down, gathered her treasured manuscript into her arms, and turned toward the door.

She had eventually been escorted from the room by the somnolent butler, been presented with her bonnet, and was well on her way down the street toward home again, her rejected novel clutched forlornly against her chest.

She kicked at the dust in the road as carts and carriages bustled around her. A history book? A treatise? Was she capable of writing either? A tome on science was simply out of the question. She supposed she must try to write something else, for Mary's sake. But it was not as if one could simply write a book in a fortnight's time. Lady Magnolia's story had taken Cece the better part of six months to complete. Six entire months. And she needed money now. Before now, actually. Yesterday. Last week. Last month! If she took another six months to write another book, Uncle Herbert would surely see her married to Percy before the time was out. She trudged back toward her house on the outskirts of Mayfair while contemplating the matter. Could she write faster? Could she find another publisher? Could she do something else to earn money, like selling flowers on the street corner? (Where she'd obtain said flowers was anyone's guess.) Did she know anything about science? She absently turned a corner and strolled into the street just as the thundering of hooves rushed up behind her.

CHAPTER 3

Lieutenant Adam Hunt didn't slow his pace as he slapped his gloves against his thigh. He was purposefully striding toward his temporary residence — his brother's town house in Mayfair — with one thing on his mind.

Damn it. How could he make Derek understand? The man was a war hero and a duke, for God's sake. The Duke of Claringdon. He'd settled a considerable sum of money on his younger brother, money that had been given to him as part of his dukedom after his bravery at Waterloo, but Adam saw it only as a handout. An unwanted handout.

Adam was the youngest of the three Hunt brothers and as such had always been treated as a child by both Derek and their middle brother, Collin. Now at the age of five and twenty, infuriating though it might be, Adam was still treated as a child by his brothers, and he was damn well tired of it. And today, today had been the final straw. He'd been called to the Home Office at noon and told that due to his familial connections he was being offered a position there. Basically a glorified secretary. He'd requested to be sent back to the Continent to work as a spy with his brother, Collin, investigating the anti-English sentiment and small sects of soldiers attempting to mount further aggression toward England after Napoleon had been vanquished. Derek had obviously had a hand in his being offered the secretarial position. Adam squeezed his gloves so hard his fist turned white. The duke was about to hear his brother's thoughts on the subject. Loud and long.

Even more infuriating, Collin had recently returned to the Continent on the King's business. Apparently, Derek had no intention of keeping him from his work as a spy. Even now that the wars were over. But at least Collin wouldn't be here to argue with Adam when he told Derek there was no possible way he would take either his money or his bloody secretarial position.

As he marched, Adam repeated the words he planned to say in his head. It was never easy convincing Derek of anything, but Adam would see this through. He'd made his decision. He intended to make his own way in this world, thank you very much. Their army officer father had taught all three of his sons to stand on their own two feet. And by God, Adam would.

He turned the corner onto Green Street and glanced up to see a carriage barreling toward ... a lady. A lady who faced away from both him and the carriage.

"Watch out!" he called. The woman turned, a look of horror on her face, and made to jump out of the way. The horses swerved but the side of the conveyance struck the woman, tossing her to the side of the road like a doll. A bundle of white papers she'd been carrying flew into the air and floated down into the dusty street like so many leaves from a snowy tree.

Adam ran over to the lady while the carriage that had hit her continued at its rapid pace, leaving the poor woman in a heap. Her eyes were closed. He placed two fingers on the pulse in her neck. She was alive, thank God. "Miss? Miss?"


(Continues...)

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The Unforgettable Hero: A Playful Brides Story 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Cute, quick read!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Cecilia is looking for an out, not wanting to follow the plan for her marriage, she’s determined to sell her romance to a publisher, and thus be in a position to support herself. Adam was in the army until his brother, The Duke, used his influence to get him discharged. Wanting to make his own way without ties to the gentry, he now has to find his own path to independence. While the intentions of the couple were clearly defined early on, the development of the characters did not come to fruition, and as a result the story felt unfinished. The meeting between Cecilia and Adam – her being in an accident and losing her memory, didn’t fit in a novella – the elements related to her memory loss were either over or under played, resulting in an unfinished feel. I liked Adam, even as I felt I didn’t know him well at all: his intentions were obviously honorable and his attempts to move forward contrasted with the obligations he felt for Cecilia, even as those elements never quite felt completely fleshed out. While I can’t say that I hated the story, I was disappointed in the overall unfinished, first draft feel of the novella. There could, and should have been more development for this story, as none of the many elements contained in the pages ever got a fair shake at full development. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Cecilia and her younger sister Mary have been at the mercy of their rather overbearing relatives for two years. It is Cecilia’s dream to come up with a way to earn enough money to provide for Mary and remove them both from their relatives clutches. With that in mind she pens a book, offers it to a publisher, is hit by a carriage and loses her memory. Adam Hunt sees the accident, comes to her rescue and then becomes her in more ways than one. This is a fun, well written, quick read that deals with expectations, family, wishes, and needs and while doing so also provides a bit of romance. The final scene was a show stopper with a surprise twist and a happily ever after...I do think that some got off without being made to pay for their behavior but then again…maybe karma will get them if the police don’t. There wasn’t anything really new in the story but it definitely provided me with entertainment this afternoon. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the copy of this book to read and review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 4.5 in the Playful Brides series. Cecelia Harcourt is determined to decide her own future that doesn't include marrying her cousin. To do this, she must sell the novel that she has been working on for years. Unfortunately, after meeting with the publisher, she is hit by a coach, loses her memory and ends up thinking that she is the heroine of her novel. Lieutenant Adam Hunt is the first to find Cecelia after the accident and takes her to his brother's home nearby where his SIL convinces him that he needs to follow along with what Cecelia believes to be true...which is that Adam is her fiancee, the Duke. Will Cecelia get her memory back and if she does, what happens to the budding romance that has started between her and Adam? This was an enjoyable, quick read. Adam is the brother of the Duke of Claringdon whom we met in The Unexpected Duchess. It was nice to see Lucy and Derek again! I think what I liked most about this story is that it is so different from most of the books I've read. I've read books where one of the characters has lost their memory, but not one in which that person believes that they are someone else. What a clever idea Bowman had! The next book in the Playful Brides series, The Untamed Earl, comes out in May. I can't wait to read it!! Thanks go out to St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
skelley55 More than 1 year ago
The premise of the story is good. However I really never became attached to the hero. The book would have been much better if longer and actually developed the characters and love story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1816 Cecelia (Cece) Harcourt is an author. She and her younger sister, Mary, live with their Uncle Herbert and Aunt Selene since losing their parents in a carriage accident. The girls rescued a rabbit that they named Esmeralda and is their beloved Pet. Having just finished writing a romantic novel, Cece is heading to meet with a publisher she hopes will buy the book. Cece desperately needs to make enough money to allow she and Mary to escape living with their miserly and mean aunt and uncle even if the house had belonged to the girls’ parents. In addition, they are determined to marry Cece off to her odious cousin, Percy. Another worry Cece carries on her young shoulders is the constant cough that Mary has and the expensive medicine that she requires to treat it. Lieutenant Adam Hunt is walking along pondering how he can get his oldest brother to understand that he doesn’t need money from him. Derek Hunt, the Duke of Claringdon, had fought at Waterloo. Adam’s brothers, Derek and Collin, have long tried to protect Adam and make life easy for him, but he just wants to be allowed to stand on his own two feet. As it turns out, the publisher turns down Cece’s novel because it is a romantic one. Cece is stunned as she walks home wondering how she will be able to make the money that she so desperately needs for she and Mary. Not paying attention where she is walking, she is accidentally struck by a carriage. Seeing the accident, Adam carries the unconscious woman to his brother’s house. As her reticule had been lost in the accident, Adam and his family don’t know who she is. When she does wake up, she thinks that her name is Lady Magnolia Makepeace, the name of the heroine in her romantic novel, and that Adam is Peter Peregrine, the Duke of Loveridge, Magnolia’s betrothed in her novel. In order to keep Cece calm, the family plays along with her while seeking to find out who she really is. This is a fabulous novel! I love the plot and the signature humor that Valerie Bowman adds to her books only makes it even better. Be sure and get this one. It’s fairly short but makes for an evening of reading pleasure. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is a fast paced sweet historical read. Cecelia is trying to save herself from being forced to marry her horrible cousin. She writes a romance novel in hopes of selling it and taking her and her sister away from their unhappy living arrangements. While on the way back from her meeting she is hit by a carriage and knocked unconscious. Adam, was a soldier and do to his brother’s influence has been honorably discharged from the army. When Cecelia wakes and sees Adam he thinks he is the hero from her book and she the heroine. Will Cecilia and Adam find a happy ending? Great Read, loved the characters and the story had me hooked from beginning to end. Loved it.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
Valerie Bowman throws in just the right amount of everything necessary to make a meaningful novella in her latest work. The Unforgettable Hero, part of her Playful Brides series, shows that heroes come in all shapes and sizes as the actions of the author's main characters demonstrate in how their romance plays out. A lost memory triggers honor, decency and purpose as the hero and heroine reach for love. Ms. Bowman's appealing writing and interesting portrayals made this a heartwarming read and make her a writer you want to return to. *I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* *While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
This a short regency Novella . Hero is Adam and Heroine is Cecelia . We find Cecelia finishing up some pages to a story . She want to see if she can get it published for some money . She needs the money . First off her sister Mary is sick and they need to buy medicine . Second her Uncle is planning to Marry her off to her nasty Cousin Percy . So she goes to the publisher to sell her story . Of course the publisher refuses it . He says romance novels don't sell. At the same time we have Adam walking to his brothers the Dukes house. He is mad with the brother for trying to get him to work as a secretary for the war office . Adam is near his brothers place when he notices a carriage barreling down the street gunning for a lady . The lady is Cecelia . The carriage hits Cecilia and she goes flying . Adam picks her up and takes her to he's brothers house . Inside the Dukes house Cecelia comes to but can't remember her name when asked . Once she thinks about it she says Adam is a Duke and her parents are a countess and an Earl . The duchess calls a doctor . Ohh does she come to remember . What does the doctor say . Can't tell you more it is a short novella . Grab it . You will laugh
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Unforgettable Hero by Valerie Bowman is an entertaining historical story. This well-written book is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited time for reading. Ms Bowman has delivered a delightful story. Cecelia and Adam's story is loaded with action, drama, bits of humor and sizzle. The characters in The Unforgettable Hero are so lovable I hated to see the story end. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Valerie Bowman in the future. The Unforgettable Hero is part of the Playful Brides Series, but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
THE UNFORGETTABLE HERO is absolutely enchanting, perfectly paced, and gorgeously written, and it is also quite suspenseful. Since their parents’ deaths, Miss Cecelia Harcourt has been responsible for herself and her younger sister, Mary who is ailing. Their uncle Herbert and aunt Selene reluctantly allow them to reside with them. Mary needs costly medicine, and the sisters have little money, but worst of all, Cecelia will have to marry her cousin Percy, which nearly makes her cast her accounts. As a last resort, Cecelia decided to write a romantic novel in secret, hiding her manuscript in the dusty attic. Her last word written, the ink barely dried on the precious sheets of paper, she sets off to see the only publisher willing to have a look at her book. When she comes out of the publisher’s office, she is much preoccupied and so distracted, that she is nearly run over by a carriage. Adam Hunt, who was passing by, shouts at her but she doesn’t hear him, so he runs to her rescue and carries her to his brother’s home. When Cecelia comes to, Adam asks her what her name is, and she replies: Lady Magnolia Makepeace, which is the name of the heroine of her novel; Cecelia cannot remember who she is! Valerie Bowman has crafted a wonderful romance, and even though this is a novella, it is just the right length, and a very meaty story. The rather many characters are all fully developed, and Adam and Cecelia are extremely engaging; Adam is the stuff Prince Charmings are made of, and they form a delightful couple. I love amnesia stories, and I must admit Ms. Bowman exceeded all my expectations because she gave quite a few clever spins on the trope, which makes for a riveting story. THE UNFORGETTABLE HERO is a page-turner if I ever saw one! One tiny, and most understandable, misinterpretation is quickly settled, there is a spectacular revelation I never saw coming, and the ending is simply glorious! Valerie Bowman has written an unforgettable love story! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.