Frances Fowlkes gifts Regency fans with a beautiful historical romance. Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is a lovely young woman who won over my heart from practically the first page. Her determination and her awkward manners were such a wonderful combination with her intelligence and kind heart. Simon Devere is a dark and brooding hero with an equally soft heart and I so wanted him to find happiness. Watching him deal with his unexpected feelings and attraction to Henrietta. While I felt sorry for his situation I never pitied him, as a strong, powerful man I just hoped he would find the connection he needed. I loved that the leading couple were far from perfect yet they were so perfectly matched and buried themselves into my heart. Without giving away anything from the story there were a few characters that I truly did not like and thought the author did a fabulous job turning one particular thorn in my side into such a powerful presence. I enjoyed that there was a slight mystery in the story and while there was some steam the overall story remained sweet and romantic. 'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
The Earl of Amhurst is in search of a bride however rumors abound the eye patch that graces his grave face limit his chances. Lady Henrietta Beauchamp doesn't care about the gossip or the man himself, she just wants Plumburn, the home she grew up in and feels the most comfortable. that is until she actually meets the man himself. But her stutter and her awkwardness might not be the only deterrent to a proposal as other contenders mysteriously start turning up ill.
No woman dared to love him...
The Earl of Amhurst has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. Simon Devere isn't interested in some comely, simpering creature. A beautiful woman only brings heartbreak and ruin, and Simon's disfigured visage is proof enough of that. No, he wants a wife who is unattractive and undesirable-and the homelier, the better.
But nothing about Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is homely. She is lovely and sweet... and struggles to mix with polite society when she would so much rather have plants for company. And yet Simon is her only hope for keeping Plumburn Castle in her family's possession. Even if it means marrying a man she doesn't love.
It's an impossible and unlikely match... unless this awkward beauty can bring hope back into a solitary beast's life.