A GRAND DECEPTION
A Gentlemen of Worth Historical Romance, Book 3
June 7, 2012
Fiction, Historical Romance
Rating: 3 Cups
Her first Season in London is as tedious as Lady Muriel Worth expects, although her best friend Susan is the only one who can know how she truly feels. She cherishes learning above all else, and London is her only chance to continue her studies.
The death of his father and older brother leaves Sherwin Lloyd with no other choice but to assume the title as Earl of Amhurst. Now he is on the path to find a wife and produce an heir, when he would much rather be buried in a book or studying ancient ruins.
Muriel is shocked to the core to see Sherwin after all this time. Their correspondence never alluded to his new status as Earl or the fact that he is wife hunting in London, making Muriel wonder if she knows her childhood friend at all. Sherwin is as stunned as Muriel, although the more time he spends with the young ladies his mother insists on the more he wants to see Muriel. She is smart, clever, and inquisitive; everything his mother has no desire to see as his wife.
This story shows how the strictures on young women of this era are incredibly smothering and oppressive for someone like Muriel. She loves learning so much she has to lie to get it, and I find that almost worse than those who expect her to play dumb and pliant. Sherwin is her mirror image, although I do feel that Muriel is as forceful a personality as his overbearing mother. They have a great story just getting started, and one that I would very much like to see continued.
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