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The Heiress's Homecoming (Love Inspired Historical: The Everard Legacy) Mass Market Paperback – March 5, 2013
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Marriage would solve all of Samantha Everard’s problems. If she gets married before her twenty-fifth birthday, which is just a few weeks away, she will complete all of the stipulations in her father’s will and inherit Dallsten Manor. It isn’t as if Samantha doesn’t have a willing suitor, either. Jamie Wentworth, her childhood friend and neighbor, would be thrilled to have Samantha accept his marriage proposal, but she sincerely believes that rushing into marriage, even with a good friend like Jamie, would be a mistake. William Wentworth, Jamie’s father, has his doubts about Samantha. Especially since, several years earlier, William’s brother courted her before mysteriously dying after a duel fought over her honor. Now William is determined to discover what secrets Samantha might be hiding without becoming the latest Wentworth male to fall for her charms. In this intriguing addition to her Everard Legacy series, Scott deftly unites a winning cast of characters with an impeccably researched Regency setting, and the sweetly romantic tone of the book makes it a first-rate choice for both Regency readers and fans of historical-inspirational romances alike. --John Charles
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Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing. Since her first book was published in 1998, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She and her husband of over 20 years reside in southeast Washington State.
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The Heiress's Homecoming by Regina Scott, ©2013
To keep her cherished childhood home, Samantha Everard must marry by her twenty-fifth birthday. Yet she refuses to marry on a whim, even to save her fortune. When she returns to Dallsten Manor to say goodbye, the last person she expects to see is her handsome, disapproving neighbor William Wentworth, Earl of Kendrick.
Will is certain the scandalous Everards are nothing but trouble. He shouldn't care about Samantha's predicament, but her feistiness and kindheartedness intrigue him--as do the secrets surrounding her. Soon his greatest wish becomes to persuade Samantha that her true home is with him.
Home is where the heart is... The Everard Legacy
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
Samantha, Lady Everard. Heiress of Dallsten Manor.
Cumberland, England ~ 1813.
Samantha has returned to Dallsten Manor to prepare for the summer reunion with her three cousins and their wives. Her father's Will stipulates she will acquire Dallsten Manor as her own upon her twenty-fifth birthday, provided she is joined in holy matrimony. Following the past eight years in London, and refusing suitors, Samantha has no plans to marry solely for her inheritance. Her birthday is dawning in two weeks, the day after their summer gathering party.
Lady Everard renews her childhood friendship with Jamie Wentworth, now seventeen, who lives on the neighboring estate. Jamie's father returned eight years previously for the burial of his older brother. William Wentworth had been serving in England's corps after the death of his wife in childbirth when Jamie was born. Will received the title of Earl of Kendrick, following the death of his father and brother. He becomes quite taken with Samantha, Lady Everard. He feels protective of her, especially after a hooded rider follows her carriage and then disappears. Will her secrets remain with her, or will she begin to trust again?
This Regency shows the isolation and hidden hearts as the protagonists seek to manage their lives and estate holdings. Decisions that are far-reaching beyond themselves. Were they commoners, would their lives have been different? Regardless of their station, each one must conclude where their dependence lies.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
--Psalm 121, ESV
Regency author Regina Scott melds history, humor, and adventure in her Christian romance novels, inviting readers to believe in possibilities. Visit her online at reginascott.com or blogging at nineteenteen.blogspot.com.
The Heiress's Homecoming
March 2013 (ISBN 978-0-373-82956-9, Love Inspired Historical)
***Thank you to author Regina Scott for sending me a copy of her novel, The Heiress's Homecoming, I requested to read and review! No other compensation was received.***
It is a fortnight before Samantha's birthday and she has returned to her childhood home Dallsten Manor for the last time to prepare the annual summer party. The next day will be her 25th birthday. Her heart is heavy as she gets herself ready to say goodbye to her beloved home. Having been courted a lot over the past 8 years since her debut Season, Samantha has had her heart broken a number of times when she finds out she is only being pursued for her fortune. She has decided she has had enough, that she doesn't want to get married just to secure her fortune, & that her father has left far too many edicts in his will that she must follow. Losing the money is almost a relief, even if it does mean she won't have a marriage & children like her beloved cousins do.
Mystery & intrigue are still lurking though. Before coming north, Samantha's London home had been broken into on several occasions and her belongings rifled through. Samantha had hoped that it would stop on her return to Dallsten Manor, but trouble seems to have followed her steps.
William Wentworth, Earl of Kendrick, is Samantha's neighbour. He has never considered marrying again, having lost his wife while she was giving birth to their son James 17 years ago. Until now. The beautiful Lady Everard draws him with her independence, her dark eyes shielding troubled secrets, & trouble that seems to be following her around. Can Will convince her to trust him with her secrets, & her heart?
I loved this action, mystery & faith filled Regency romance, a great conclusion to The Everard Legacy. I'm so glad Samantha ended up with who she did - I'd been hoping for that since book 1! While this book can be read as a standalone, you will probably still want to go back & read the previous 3 to get a better picture of the Everards and their history, & I think that you will appreciate this story more for having read the other 3 first.
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