In the sprawling gardens of their neighboring estates, childhood friends Miles and Elise spent countless pleasant days together in the spirited adventures of youth. They were inseparable - until Elise vanished without a trace. Miles searched, but Elise could not - or would not - be found.
After years spent laboring on the family plantation in the West Indies, Miles Linwood is shocked by the unexpected news: He has inherited his distant cousin's estate and the title of Marquess of Grenton. Miles' return to England is tarnished by only one thing: He is still haunted by Elise's mysterious disappearance. So when he glimpses a woman with a startling resemblance to his lost friend, he's shaken to the core. This is no mere shadow of the past: It is truly Elise.
But his dear friend has changed - to the point that he questions whether it is really her, though he knows it is. Accustomed to rescuing Elise from childhood escapades, Miles takes her and those in her care back to his estate, even as he struggles to understand her fear and mistrust. As their friendship and feelings slowly blossom again, the shocking truth of their separated years is revealed, and Miles realizes more than ever that he must protect Elise. She slipped away once, and he cannot lose her again.
©2014 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2014 Sarah M. Eden
I loved the book!! I recommend Sarah eden to everyone I talk to. I have loved her books since the first one I read and I love the Regency and I love how it is clean romance!
This was a well-paced but shallow story, speckled with colloquialisms and customs that temporarily jarred me out of my suspension of disbelief. All you need to do is read Jane Eyre or P&P to know high-class people did not show up at people's homes without warning, and there were a number of phrases used we never see in novels written during that period but do today. But I'm a purist. To put it another way, the skeleton of this story was well-put-together, but it was poorly fleshed out. I'm glad it was 50% off, and I still think I paid too much.
As a single, fully heterosexual romantic type of guy, I loved the sense that the title and blurb gave me. I could fully imagine the pain a man can experience upon discovering that the women he has loved and thought lost has been terribly hurt. I just wish this writer could have put more effort into fulfilling that expectation.
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