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Mrs. Wilhelmina “Willie” Turner barges quite unexpectedly into the Marquess of Chesterton Lord George Bartlett’s home looking for her sister. George has a very strong suspicion and a feeling he knows exactly where Willie’s sister is, suspecting that she has run off with his younger brother. George plans to bring his brother and Willie’s sister back by himself but Willie won’t hear any of it and plans to go with George. The one man who broke Willie’s heart years ago; is Willie able to trust George to follow through with bringing them back or will the past ruin everything even their chance at love again.
When I first started reading I immediately liked Willie. She was strong, feisty, and independent plus would do anything for family. I was puzzled a little at her animosity towards George because in the beginning she was a little mean to him but as the book progressed I understood why she felt the way she did. She was a survivor which I really admired about her. George on the other hand struck me as a snobbish bull-headed guy who always gets his way but maybe it’s because he is a marquess. I think I wanted to not like him because there was some bad blood between him and Willie even though it took me a while to figure out what the entire situation was. Sure eventually I warmed up to him but it wasn’t until about 45% into the book when I decided he was an okay guy. I really wanted to throttle Lady Whitehead even though she thought she was protecting and helping all those she loved. I couldn’t help but like Henry and despite Kitty’s flightiness I hoped the best for them plus if they get a story then I will have to read it. I know that I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by Ms. Jefferson.
Willie never expected to have to come face-to-face with the man who wronged her so many years ago. And she definitely didn't think it would be under these circumstances. Her sister is nowhere to be found and Willie is certain that she knows who is responsible. Which brings her to a marquess' foyer in the middle of the night...
George is stunned to find his ex-flame at his door and even more surprised that she's accusing him of kidnapping her sister. When clues come to light, however, George realizes that it's his brother who is at fault. It seems George and Willie's younger siblings may have run away together. To avoid scandal, the pair must be found. And fast.
Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. George and Willie find themselves in a near-death carriage accident and stranded in an inn with limited capacity. Their close quarters mean the couple can't escape one another. Past hurts are brought to the surface and secrets are exposed. When the dust settles, our couple must decide if they want a second chance at love or watch history repeat itself.
I've really been on a historical romance kick for the past few months. It's almost become my go-to sub-genre when I'm looking for a sure-thing read to keep me from going into a reading slump. And this book was another good addition to my reading list, especially since it's a second chance romance and I love those. Not to mention, the cover is just plain gorgeous.
This book started off with a lot of vague clues as to our couple's history. We know that it ended badly but since it'd dual POV, we see Willie and George blame each other for their failed relationship. And neither of them are really happy with their current predicaments.
The plot was steady, though most of the book occurs within a short time frame. It's a whirlwind of brokenhearted tension leading to long-awaited passion. The romance is steamy and full of emotion. Our couple have suffered so much over the years and you can see the struggle as they try to decide if it's worth the risk to follow their hearts and allow their siblings to do the same. Meddling family members and stubborn pride just might get in the way.
Four suns for this historical romance full of wounded hearts and second chances!
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Beyond that, I was disappointed. The rest of the book is one cliche after another. It's full of sentences joined by commas (comma splices). It's full of mistakes a proofreader should have caught--such as "assume" for "as soon," "her" instead of "him," and "Miss Turner" instead of "Mrs. Turner." A fresh eye would have caught inconsistencies such as one of the horses being injured, then none. Or the inn giving the second room to someone else and Willie then considering going to it. Time was lost several times--for example, the full day at the inn that seems to go from looking for something to break their fast to eating supper with the innkeeper's wife and nothing happening in between except their talking while George was having a bath. Or George seeing Willie when he arrives at an event, talking to her a few minutes, and then comparing how she looks now compared with earlier in the evening.
The dialogue seems to contain a lot of modern expressions, but the author's blurb does say she writes historical romances with a modern twist.