My Brown-Eyed Earl

The Wayward Wallflowers, #1

Anna Bennett delivers a delightful historical romance that Regency fans will adore.

Miss Margaret Meg Lacey is an endearing character and I couldn’t help keeping my fingers crossed that everything would work out well for her and her sisters. Her sometimes sharp tongue seemed to protect a very soft heart. Her love for her siblings, her uncle, her friend, and her young charges made her seem so authentic. I enjoyed that the different layers of her personality were revealed as well as her secrets. Witnessing her match wits with William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, was a true treat. Will seems to have his hands full with his various duties but he seems to enjoy the addition of Meg to his household as well as pushing her buttons.

The descriptions and setting were perfectly detailed without overwhelming the story or bogging the reader down. The pace was perfect and the secondary characters added a depth to the story. Will’s mother’s acid tongue and attitude made her quite memorable as was Meg’s uncle who was adorable in his own little world.

I’m looking forward to reading the other Lacey young ladies’ stories. If you are looking for a lovely Regency romance I highly suggest you pick this one up.

The Story:

William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, has recently become the guardian of young twins and he needs a governess. Already in a foul mood after his mother publicly announced he is looking for a suitable young bride, he cannot believe his eyes when his former betrothed applies for the position. They need one another more than they know, but can they learn from the past and forge a future?

Book Blurb for My Brown-Eyed Earl


William Ryder, Earl of Castleton, is at the end of his noble rope. Not only has he broken ties with his longtime mistress, his mother has publicly announced her wish for him to marry a suitable young lady?if only to help him raise the twins left in his care. Hiring a governess should solve some of Will’s problems…but when he meets the candidate in question, he finds himself in an entirely new predicament.


Miss Margaret Lacey is brainy, beautiful, and, once upon a time, Will’s betrothed. But she bowed out of the engagement?and, since then, has never been the same. A tragic accident robbed her of everything, and now, at age twenty-three, her marital prospects are slim to none. Penniless but not without pride, Meg convinces the vexingly handsome Will to hire her for the job. What neither of them could have expected from this arrangement, however, is an attraction that burns stronger than ever. Are these two lost souls finally ready to be schooled in the art of love?

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2016 4.50