This is one heck of a historical!! I loved this book. Ms. Atwell weaves an enthralling story with enchanting characters through masterful writing.
I was so doubtful about the book when I started it, but the writing is so amazing I couldn’t put the darned thing down! As I read on, the characters captivated me drawing me into the plot and I had to find out what would happen.
Johanna’s parents, Duke and Duchess of Ambersley, die in a fire when she is very young. Traumatized by the ordeal, she doesn’t remember anything of her privileged past. Servants raise with a sense of helps her survive the betrayal that unmasks her true identity. Once she is forced to take her proper place in Regency society as the highly sought heiress to the Ambersley fortune, she must defy the relatives who would make her a pawn in their struggle for power.
When Derek Vaughan inherits the dukedom. his dubious parentage makes it a sacrilege to accept. But touched by the ravaged estate and its destitute staff, he braves a society that once shunned him while he rebuilds Ambersley and guards it from his stepmother’s bankrupting clutches. He intends to grant the title to his half-brother when the boy comes of age, but Derek’s plans go awry from the moment the gardener’s apprentice—once his trusted young friend—is revealed to be not only an heiress of beauty and spirit, but the one woman who may finally capture his heart.
This is recommended reading from this reviewer. The beautiful prose and touching story met all my expectations. I can’t wait until Ms. Atwell writes another historical. She can’t turn them out too soon as far as I’m concerned. Thank you Amy for a wonderfully warm and enthralling read.
I give this book 5 slices of the pie.