Zebra Books, a division of Kensington Publishing Corp.
$6.99 US/ $8.99 CAN
Rating: 5 cups
Pleasance Dunstan has been raised in a wealthy family. Her wishes have always been overlooked to suit those of her younger sister, Letitia. When Letitia demands the right to Pleasance’s beau, Pleasance’s heart breaks, but to benefit her family, she does what is required of her.
Tearlach O’Duine is a Scotsman in 1769 Worcester, Massachusetts. He is courting the lovely Pleasance when all of her affections toward him turn icy. Tearlach finds Pleasance in his room, attempting to steal the love letters and silver tankard Letitia gave him. Due to the pain of Pleasance’s rejection, he has her arrested.
Justification is the last thing Tearlach is feeling when he realizes Pleasance’s family is not going to bail her out of the local jail. Instead, the family is avoiding her until the day of her trial when they turn against her completely. Pleasance is forced into a year of indentured servitude to Tearlach. He hopes maybe Pleasance will be a good influence on his wild and out of control twelve-year-old sister, Moira. Pleasance is hurt by the sentencing, but getting away from her family for awhile may be good for her.
Ms. Howell does it once again. She gives the reader another Scotsman to fall in love with. Tearlach is a stubborn, hard working, hard loving man. I would expect nothing less from him. Pleasance is a wonderful partner for him especially when she learns to stand up to him. Pleasance grows so much throughout this story, and it is truly a pleasure to see. From the first page to the very last page, the reader is drawn into the life, love and struggles this couple faces. I would highly recommend this book. I know it will be sitting on my bookshelf, awaiting a time when I can return to 1769 Worcester for a visit with Tearlach, Pleasance and Moira.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More