Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn't marry an heiress - and fast! - he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn't be trading kisses with a penniless debutante...no matter how captivating she is!
Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn't as easy as she'd hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace's dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can't get out of her mind is the one man she can't let into her heart.
©2014 Erica Ridley (P)2015 Erica Ridley
This was delightful! A short little bit of fun. Great narration. I'd like it better if it were longer and gave more detail about the secondary characters. But I really enjoy Ms Ridley's work.
I read book 1 (The Viscount's Christmas Temptation) prior to this one, and I am loving this series so far.
Grace comes to England from Pennsylvania hoping to find a husband, secure her dowry from her grandparents, and use the money to help her sick mother back home. Oliver returns home from war to find he is the new Duke of Carlisle since his father's death, and his household is in disarray. The two take a liking to each other, but their financial situations aren't ideal for marrying each other.
I really enjoyed the development of the main characters' relationship. It felt really quick, but it's also a very short novel. The one thing I didn't like was how neatly everything was wrapped up at the end...it's a lovely happily-ever-after, but it was a little too perfect and convenient. I would have loved to see the ending more fleshed-out (with the added bonus of having a longer story to read).
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
LOVE WINS ALL
Oliver knew that he had to marry an heiress and when he falls in love with one he tries to ignore his feelings because she doesn't want to marry a fortune hunter (even though she is falling in love with him too)
When Oliver decides to sell the painting of his ancestor (even though he considers it almost his closest family) so he can marry the woman of his dreams
When Grace's mother shows up after the wedding because Oliver had sent for her.
This book brought laughs and tears. Grace is struggling to save her mother but her grandparents (or at least her grandmother) aren't helping and so she plans to marry just so she can get her dowry and travel to America. Oliver is honorable enough to let her.
Grace is an American looking for a rich, titled husband. She needs the money to bring her sick mother home to England. She is attracted to Oliver, the Earl of Carlisle. The only problem is his finances are in complete disarray and he is looking for a rich heiress to pull him out of bankruptcy.
This is such a sweet, romantic story. Grace and Oliver are just adorable. There is a fairy tale quality about how they meet and fall in love. The ballroom scene in Chapter 6 was just magical. I loved how they talked about marriage during a dance, in between partners and suffering through mundane chitchat about the weather. By the end of the dance it is obvious they are in love but can't act on it.
The narration was good and easy to listen to. The supporting characters were comical and I'm looking forward to reading their stories in the rest of the series.
It all resolved a little too easily and quickly. There was so much more scope for drama and comedy with the pair. I would have liked to see Oliver deal with a rival for Grace or someone rich and slimy who was trying to win the bet with her.
I got to the end of the story too fast! I'd have loved a few more chapters in the middle of the book. I just wasn't ready to say goodbye to Oliver and Grace.
I voluntarily received a review copy
The synopsis sounded different enough to be intriguing; & while the story was well written, the characters quite charming, the conflict was resolved too easily at the end.
Romantic, funny, get your tissues out touching! This book is shorter than I am used to but I found I liked that. I have to say a 10 hr book will definitely have me going to the end and with these shorter books normally are fast paced ..I enjoy. I recommend this book!
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