Christmas Awards 2011

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride

Elizabeth Rolls

Lord Braybrook’s Penniless Bride

Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical

ISBN 978-0-263-86777-0

Paperback £3.79

This excellent Regency features a character that has appeared in previous books by an outstanding author. Christy Daventry is on the point of being cast penniless into the street because her charming rogue of a brother has sold the house. When Julian, Lord Braybrooke, comes to investigate rumors about her brother, he finds her peculiarly endearing and driven by an impulse unlike himself offers her a post as governess to his half-sister and companion to his stepmother.

Christy knows that as a governess and companion she can never be a part of the family nor is she one of the servants. She must live an in-between life, neither one nor the other, but Lady Braybrooke is so kind that she finds her herself drawn into an enchanted circle, which is dangerous. She is falling in love with her employer but he sees her as mistress material. When he proposes because of a disastrous kiss that causes a scandal, Christy feels that he can never love her. Can she ever hope to find true happiness?

This is a highly sensual and passionate tale. I found it compelling, keeping the reader glued to the page to the very last word. Another excellent story from this acclaimed international best selling author. Five red roses. Linda Sole