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A Reluctant Courtship (The Daughters of Bainbridge House) Paperback – October 15, 2013
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A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future?
Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family's country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome--what more could a girl ask for?
But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. If he's to keep out of a British prison himself and secure his place in British society, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach--something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not. Though they find themselves drawn to each other, family obligations may conspire to keep them apart forever.
For the sake of her heart, Honore determines to prove Ashmoor's innocence--even if doing so risks her own life.
From the first sentence, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts you into high drama amid the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, and keeps you suspended there until the final page.
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, Choices of the Heart, A Necessary Deception, and A Flight of Fancy, which won the October 2012 Clash of the Titles Award, voted on by readers. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats. Visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com for more.
About the Author
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, A Necessary Deception, A Flight of Fancy, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-
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Honore hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to choosing men. First, she was in love with a traitor and then a murderer! Though she has repented of her behavior, she feels that her family and acquaintances are still punishing her for her mistakes. The one person that really seemed to love her, her father, is dead. Honore meets the man her father had picked out to be her husband in a dramatic fashion, but he's come to break off the deal. He seems to have no intention of marrying someone like her.
Meric is a man who now finds himself in the position of an English lord. He's interested in what it can do for his family in America, but he also wants to clear his father's name. Associating with Honore could jeopardize everything he's been working toward. Someone is helping Frenchmen escape and he's already under suspicion. While he wants to be with Honore, her reputations won't help his cause to provide for his family.
When Honore's brother arrives at the family home, it becomes clear to her that she has to do something to help herself. Eventually, she determines the only way she can be with Meric is to solve the mystery to clear his father's name. She doesn't give Meric much choice in the matter.
This was a good book. Honore seems to be a writer, but her pursuits are overshadowed as she tries to understand where she belongs and how she really feels about Meric. Most times, you can either read a series out of order, or you can't. In this case, I would recommend that if you're going to read all 3, make sure you read the first two before this one. You get a better understanding of what's happened to Honore and why she acts and feels the way she does. Otherwise you can read it alone and be okay.