Waltz with a Stranger was a story with a satisfying storyline and characters that were enjoyable. While I enjoyed Aurelia, James, Amy, and Thomas and how their lives intersected with each other, sometimes I felt the characters were more interested in making sure someone else was happy, rather than thinking of themselves, especially Aurelia and James. However, in the end Pamela Sherwood gave us a conclusion that leaves you with a smile on your face.
Aurelia was injured and scarred in a riding accident in her late teens. The accident left her with a scar on her face and a limp. She became good at hiding in plain sight so she wouldn’t have to endure the sympathetic stares or snide comments. However, after one dance with James, she makes the decision to overcome what she can of her injuries and live life to the fullest. When she returns to London, it’s to discover James is now an Earl and engaged to her twin sister Amy. Aurelia finds herself fighting her feelings for James and their one dance turns into a friendship she’s not willing to give up.
James was a man who was happy to live his life in Cornwall with his cousin running their family mine. But when he suddenly finds himself in possession of the title, Earl of Trevenan, he must deal with who he wants to be versus who he needs to be to ensure those that rely on him are taken care of. He was fine with the course he was on until he discovers the girl he had one magical dance with is the twin sister of her fiancee. James is torn between duty and honor to his fiancee and his growing friendship and feeling for Aurelia.
Crippled after a riding accident, Aurelia Newbold shuns Society—until a dashing stranger draws her into a secret waltz and changes her life forever. After a year abroad, she returns home and discovers that the one man she's been dreaming of is engaged to her beloved twin sister.
James Trelawney is not prepared for the vibrant woman who returns to London in the place of the wounded girl he took pity on—or his growing need for her. But forbidden love is not the only danger...a chilling secret reaches out from beyond the grave, threatening both Trelawney and the woman he loves. (Sourcebooks Casablanca)