WOMEN SHOULD BE...
The end of the Crimean War brings Victoria Thorne home to face a society that frowns on women with brains, education and experience, especially one who could be a physician. Though she proves herself a skilled nurse, Victoria finds she is no where near as revered as her namesake. And worse, she is falling for her patient’s betrothed brother, the Earl of Cheriton.
Buckling to the pressure of his position, Robb Merrick, Earl of Cheriton, becomes engaged to a darling of society. Yet, to his great consternation, he finds himself captivated by his brother’s nurse. She makes Robb feel alive, instead of choked by his title and position. He craves the freedom to pledge his love and loyalty, but ending his betrothal means entangling them all in a horrendous scandal. He is an honorable gentleman; Robb can’t break his vow. Yet if he doesn’t, all hope of happiness is lost.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Endings and Beginnings". This story literally grabbed me from the first page and I could not put it down until I turned the last. The storyline was fascinating with the heroine, Victoria Thorne's ties to Florence Nightingale and her service as a nurse in the Crimean War. She finds work with an injured patient from the war, who has not responded to any treatments by traditional physicians. But with her progressive thinking she begins to help him. Of course her patient's brother, Robb Merrick, the Earl of Cheriton is a constant distraction! Robb is engaged to the perfect woman but feels only friendship. There are so many facets to this tale that I do not want to give away. Fast paced and full of wonderful dialogue and characters that brought the story alive, there were several twists and turns I did not expect. As Robb and Victoria's attraction grows, is there any hope for their happiness? He engaged and she determined to continue as a nurse? An amazing story that has cemented Sheri Humphreys as an author on my favorite's list! I cannot wait to read more... Lori Dykes
I love love love this book! The attention to historical accuracy makes it a cut above most historical romance. The Victorian mores and attitudes are captured perfectly. But instead of being dry or superficial, The Unseducible Earl is full of emotion, poignancy, and heart. Victoria Thorne is a Nightingale nurse recently returned from the Crimea and hired by the Earl of Cheriton to nurse his brother, also a Crimea vet, back to health. As Victoria cares for Jamie, she is also able to deal with her own issues that linger from living and working in a war zone. At Cheriton Court, she expected to work hard, to help patients with her skills, and to face some opposition. She never expected the intense attraction she feels for the earl--the betrothed earl. Robben Merrick is betrothed to a woman who is perfect for him. On paper. He doesn't love her, but he expects affection will come. It is time for him to marry and produce an heir. He's grateful his fiancee is willing to postpone their announcement while his brother is still battling for his life, even though he's out of battlefield danger and safe at home at Cheriton Court. His growing feelings for his brother's nurse are not part of his plans. And he cannot act on them, even if it feels like he is sentencing himself to a loveless marriage and a broken heart. Humphreys is a wonderful writer. I felt every bit of Victoria and Robb's attraction and brokenness. There are a couple of sub-plots that added to the depth of the story and made the ending even more satisfactory.