Nathaniel Hammond, Earl of Beverton, is working to restore his new estate and aid his tenants. But everything changes when he meets the beautiful and mysterious Moira Dennison, a bold young woman who offers to hire him, unaware of his title, to help her find her fiancé. Curious and unable to resist, Nathan accepts her offer, keeping his true identity a secret, never dreaming of what the future held for him.
She was desperate…
Moira is set on finding Charles now that she has come into her inheritance. With her new-found wealth and independence, she is determined to locate her betrothed so they may finally marry. With Nathan as her guide, she feels confident in the path before her. But when their arrangement forces them closer together, she finds her chosen path may not be as clear as she thought.
Written by: Rebecca Connolly
First Published: June 2015
We first encounter Nathan Hammond, Earl of Beverton when he’s making repairs on the roof of a tenant’s cottage. What a lovely man! It soon becomes clear that he’s just recently come into his title and a fortune (in fact, it seems like this book might be a follow on from another book?) and he and his 4 friends (yes, I sense a series coming on too) are off making repairs on his poor, neglected, estate.
Moira Drummond enters Nathan’s life with a very strange proposal – that she hires him to help find her missing intended. She obviously has no idea who he is, but his friends encourage him to take the job – apparently Moira is everything he’s ever wanted. I’m not sure how they know that, but I’m willing to accept it.
What did I like about the book?
I really liked the banter between Moira and Nathan even though there were quite a few anachronisms in the writing. Well, there’s the whole unmarried couple sets off unaccompanied for an unknown length of time…I wonder what Charles (Moira’s intended) would think about that?
But, suspension of belief is one of the joys of reading, so let’s go with the flow shall we?
Moira is a wonderful character – intelligent, determined, willing to take on challenges and fiercely independent. Nathan is kind of a tortured hero but not ridiculously so – he’s willing to listen and learn and discuss things with Moira.
The conversations about gentlemanly behaviour vs ladylike behaviour were interesting too, but no more on that as that would be too spoilerish.
What did I not like about the book?
There’s quite a few spelling mistakes and an abrupt change in Moira’s surname at one point – something a copyeditor would have picked up.
Then there’s Moira’s sleeping patterns – at first we’re told she sleeps well but later in the book we find out she’s plagued by nightmares nightly, leaving her drained and tired. But they’ve been travelling for ages by now, and this is the first time she’s been tired in the morning. I dislike inconsistent plot elements and particularly when the inconsistencies are created simply to bring the heroine and hero together.
There’s also a bit where Moira is not too smart in working out the identity of someone. These are all minor things though.
How did I feel at the end?
That’s really the important thing isn’t it? Did I feel the HEA was right? Was I left with a warm and fuzzy feeling or wishing I could get my money back?
I was definitely left with a warm and fuzzy feeling – the proposal scene is just adorable! Moira and Nathan work well together and although I’m not a fan of epilogues, this one worked nicely to show the ‘life after the HEA’.
I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.