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- File size : 4824 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 426 pages
- Publication date : January 24, 2014
- ASIN : B00DO5DAPK
- Publisher : Idunn Court Publishing; 2nd edition (January 24, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 194746311X
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #561,939 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story takes place in three parts: New York, the boat to England, and England.
When Annabelle first meets Wesley, she is not impressed. She finds him to be a disgusting delinquent, but to help her father she agrees to teach Wesley the rules of gentlemanly behavior -- and to teach him to dance. Wesley thinks Annabelle is stuck up and feels bad for her fiance back in England, Errol. While they are waiting for the boat to leave from New York, they spend time together and become good friends.
On the boat, they meet Louise, Stephen, Stacy, Eva, Carl and Horatio. They form a dancing club. Belle finds herself thinking a lot less about Errol and a lot more about Wesley. A lot happens on the boat and she is able to see how wrong her first impressions of Wesley were. Wesley was not what she expected, but now she finds that he has "far surpassed anything she could have imagined."
When they get back to England, she hopes to break off her engagement to Errol, who she had barely known before she left for America. Where Errol was attentive and tender before she left for America, she now finds him to be demanding and almost cruel to her. He demands that she honor their wedding contract and threatens to ruin her father if she doesn't.
There is definitely a mystery in Errol's behavior, and Wesley isn't willing to give Annabelle up so easily. He is determined to discover what Errol is covering up so he can free Belle from Errol's blackmailing grasp.
This was a great story with great secondary characters. I think my favorite character in the whole book is Wesley's valet, Cavendish. Wesley hires him because he got dismissed from his last job for drinking, and so Wesley figures that once they get on the boat Cavendish will ignore him -- and the very American Wesley doesn't want a valet! But with Cavendish he got a lot more than he bargained for... Bartholomew Xavier Cavendish is a lot more than he appears! It was fun to see him get his happy ending, too!
Very clean romance.
Violence: some brawling, fisticuffs
Language: 1 swear word
Sex: no sex, a couple of kisses
I like this writer; this is the second book I've read by her. It's an interesting story and goes at a nice, easy pace. I think it's appropriate for someone new to romance novels as it is definitely romantic and not sleazy in the least.
Top reviews from other countries
Wesley Parker is the nephew of Duke of Mansbury. With his sudden death, the title goes to Wesley whom, having grown up in Brooklyn is unaccustomed to not only the British way of doing things properly, but the gentleman way of things.
Miss Annabelle Oakhurst is drafted in to help assist him. She is Wesley’s lawyer’s daughter. Although already engaged, she slowly falls in love with Wesley, who in turn is determined to persuade her to break her engagement, having realised early on of his feelings for her.
The week-long journey by ship to England is filled with excitement, new friends & acquaintances, dancing lessons, & danger.
In fact, Wesley, his valet Cavendish, new friend & rival for Belle’s affections Stephen, & Mr Oakhurst all arrive in England as heroes. However, will seeing Sir Errol re-ignite Belle’s feelings for her fiancé? Or will Wesley persuade her to call off her engagement?