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England, 1799: A traumatized soldier returning to a derelict inheritance. A widow with a small son and a manipulative father.  

Major Matthew Southam returns from India, hoping to put the trauma of war behind him and forget his past. Instead, he finds a derelict estate and a family who wish he'd died abroad.   

Charlotte MacKinnon married without love to avoid her father's unpleasant choice of husband. Now a widow with a young son, she lives in a small Cotswold village with only the money she earns by her writing.   

Matthew is haunted by his past, and Charlotte is fearful of her father's renewed meddling in her future. After a disastrous first meeting, can they help each other find happiness?

©2018 Jayne Davis (P)2019 Tantor

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A wonderful story!

I love this story. It is my favorite book by Ms. Davis. I had read it previously, and just “re-read” it through Audible narration. The character development of the Major is especially enjoyable to read/listen to. Ms. Wane’s narration is very good, though not great. It took me a little time to become used to it. I also recommend the Marstone series. Some of the characters from the series are in this book as supporting characters. Enjoy!

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Beautiful Story

Did not want this book to end. Although the main characters provided the central story, supporting characters were so interesting as well. Just the right amount of romance and suspense. Looking forward to other books by this author.

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Loved it.

This is the first period romance in a long time I’ve listened to all the way through without skipping, though I did speed up a few spots. The style is step-by-step in many places (he did this; then he did that), but for some reason, it’s such an interesting story that I didn’t mind that. It’s a relaxing, slower listen, but well worth it.

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Best romance novel so far this year

The characters are believable and intriguing. The story line is fast and strong. Jayne Davis is an author I will watch for and enjoy.

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A new favorite author

Loved the story as an ebook. Having an audio version only enhances the story. Great narrator.

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  • 05-11-21

A very gentle story.

This story is about people, how life has changed them as they grew up. There is really no one important character, everyone has a part in the story.
The story starts slowly and gently flows along, taking you along the dips and highs.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 12-28-21

I loved it

The hero is a decent, principled man damaged by war who blunts his guilt with alcohol. The heroine is a managing, independent widow with a young son and an ambitious father. Their love story is restrained but beautiful.

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  • H.A.B.
  • 12-12-20

Unexpected JOY - WONDERFUL BOOK

This book is a compliment to the author Jayne Davis , as it has a brilliant flow and good storyline!!!

The Choice of narrator is so important as with him/her all books rise or fail .
Esther Wane narrated this book beautifully!!

With joy and warmth she reads this book that one simply cannot stop listening!!!

Great BRAVO!

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 04-11-20

lovely story but narrator lost it a star

Beautiful story of life after trauma and bullying relatives.
just loved how the characters stories were all intertwined. Gently paced and demure - loved the Davey character.