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The journey home isn't one he wants to make but knows it's necessary. The family steward will know what's going on and, hopefully, he can make sense of the missing money and go on with his life.
Except he doesn't because he finds he can't.
It isn't the missing money that keeps him in Saybrook, though figuring out what happened to it remains his priority. It's his tenants and one very grown up Harriot Atherton, daughter of the family steward, that does.
Harriot, or Harry as she is fondly called, is perplexed by Theo's arrival. Though they practically grew up together, shared their first kiss together, their social standings do not allow them more than friendship. Which is quite sad. Because Theo is a different man with Harriot. Not only does he see his responsibilities clearly, he becomes involved in them. He talks to her about local issues, and she's more than willing to discuss the estate with him.
But their newly renewed friendship isn't entirely built on honesty. It wasn't commonplace for a woman to deal with numbers or understand the financial workings of an estate. Harriot did because she convinced her father to let her do it. He isn't the steward he used to be. His mind is slipping away. Errors are being made. To save her father from potentially being put into an asylum, and hoping not arouse suspicion from tenants and the new viscount, Harriot assumes her father's responsibilities and puts the books to rights.
If Theo had remained in London, if his sister's dowry were readily available, Harriot's secret would have been safe. He didn't, it wasn't, and now she's struggling to keep her secret without jeopardizing the relationship she's building with Theo.
While I enjoyed the friendship between Theo and Harriot, I struggled with their more-than-friendship attraction. At times it felt cool, definitely more in the friend zone, but there were moments when sparks flew, changing it to warm. But the intensity I thought would happen, didn't. It's not to say they weren't a good match. Many great love stories begin as great friendships. Perhaps I wasn't reading as deeply as I should have. Perhaps it wasn't there to begin with. I would have loved to watch those sparks smolder until an inferno exploded between them.
What I loved was how Theo and Harriot came into themselves. Theo slides from being a good-hearted wastrel to a responsible heir, who uses his charm and wit--once used to bed whomever he wanted in London--to deal with certain situations on the homestead. His friendly manner makes him approachable when his title alone would frighten many. Harriot is, by nature I think, a caretaker. She gives of herself to so many, her father included, that her own wants and needs are sometimes set aside. The insecurity she has about being with Theo--she doesn't consider herself as beautiful or charming or alluring as the women of London--fades as she sees herself through Theo's eyes. Her intelligence is not to be hidden, her patience is to be admired. As a whole, their lives are changed for the better because of what they see and find in one another.
Despite my feelings about the heat of their relationship, there is no denying the strength of their relationship. Their love is sincere. In a time when marriages were arranged for political and/or financial gain, this is an accomplishment that cannot be ignored. It eludes to the passion that burns between them even if I can't see it.
Complimentary copy received from publisher
Theophilius Pennington, a Viscount , with a learning disability, who thinks he's undeserving and convinced he's a failure. Harriot Atherton she is the one, not her steward father, who maintains the Saybrook account books. What a secret! Harry is dutiful, but irresponsible and Theo is the dutiful daughter and very playful. When, Harry learns his sister's dowry has disappeared, he travels to Lincolnshire to learn who is the culprit. Could it possibly be his childhood friend, Theo, or her father's diminishing wits.
Steady paced, adventure filled, with engaging characters, and a well thought out storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed watching playful Theo and the vulnerable Harry comes to terms with their growing attraction. There was so much more to this couple than the happy-go-lucky Earl and the devoted daughter. Will they find there HEA, and true love, or will all be lost to Theo's secret, finding the real culprit, and the missing money?
An enjoyable and satisfying read! Strongly recommended for fans of Regency Romance, were the hero has a learning disability and the power of love, healing and the strength of family. A was very intrigued and am looking forward to what's next. I had no complaints on this fantastic read! I enjoyed Theo and Harry's story!
Ms. Bennet has written a well thought out, well balanced and extremely delightful tale of love, romance and growth. Powerful and compelling! Well done!
I received a complimentary copy.
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR