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His Sister’s Best Friend by Shyla Colt

Solomon

The man of the house since my father’s death at sixteen, I knew I’d be the guardian for my sister, Susan, who has Down syndrome. However, I didn’t realize I’d become her guardian while dealing with my mother’s mini-strokes, rehabilitation, and selling the family home. I’m drowning in paperwork and emotions as I try to get Susan adjusted. A new care plan and a specialized school act as light at the end of the tunnel. I never expected to find her new best friend at the school was my old high school crush.

Ezra

I always regretted keeping my feelings for Solomon to myself. When we became the victims of losing touch in college, I added it to my list of regrets. Now he’s back as the guardian of a student, and the years have been exceedingly kind. My habit of following rules is suddenly out the window. Risking the reputation I’ve worked so hard to gain isn’t on my to-do list.

Can we manage a relationship without it becoming a conflict of interest?

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Loved it
Solomon and Ezra met at a Siblings with Down Syndrome support group when they were at school but they lost touch after school. Now they are reunited again when Sols sister is enrolled in the school that Ezra set up to allow people who are differently abled to learn life skills as well as further their education
I loved both Solomon and Ezra, they both have their own issues to work through but Solomon has unexpectedly become the primary carer for his sister Susie and this book follows their life as they start to learn how things may be different for Susie than the one to one care that their mother gave her. She had been of the generation of people who believed that a person with Down Syndrome can’t do things for themselves or on their own and seeing that challenged and Susie starting to come out of her shell at school was something I loved to experience. Solomon and Ezra were at times difficult characters to understand but as they and the story developed they started to become more themselves and allowed their personalities to shine through
I loved Ezras school, it allows people who may otherwise struggle to learn how to do things to become more independent and to socialise as well as learning important life skills. It focuses on what people can do rather than what they can’t and I found this to be really important and something that maybe we don’t acknowledge so much in everyday life
Places which have a similar philosophy to Ezra’s do exist in reality, I live near one, and the work they do is so vital in letting differently abled people to become the person they want to be rather than what others want or expect
I think my only issue with this book was that it was a novella and therefore I wasn’t able to experience as much of the characters lives as I would have liked but I still totally loved it and was completely hooked right from the start routing for all of the characters to have their happy ending
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with amazing characters which will allow you to challenge preconceived notions and maybe see the world in a slightly different light
AM 🐾 x

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USA Today Bestselling author Shyla Colt is a chaos wrangler, chronic crafter, and imaginary friend collector. The mom of two and a wife road trips with her weird brood when she’s not taking on a new hobby or bingeing on spooky podcasts and documentaries. She writes strong women with sass, plenty of nerdy tendencies, and the intriguing intense males who love them.

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The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton

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When Willow walks out on her own wedding, there’s only one place she can go…

Growing up in the island village of Seaview, Willow always dreamed of a bigger life. Then her childhood sweetheart Luc betrayed her and she ran, resolving never to look back. Now, twelve years on, her glamorous London life is a mess and the island is her only option.

But she’s not the only one back for the summer. Luc is now a world-famous heartthrob musician, and he’s finally come home to headline the Isle of Wight’s annual music festival.

As Willow untangles her messy past, she stumbles on a secret that could destroy her family, the island’s fragile community – and her second chance at love…

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A story of self discovery
Willow ran away from her wedding and returned to her mums house on the Isle of Wight where she grew up. She reconnects with Luc, the man she had been in love with at school, and the headliner for her mums Folk Festival but her mums past comes back to haunt them 
Whilst the story telling is split between Willow, Luc and her mums past, the main voice is Willow. I did like Willow, she learns so much about herself and realises that she changed herself to fit into her ex fiancées life but she wasn’t really happy. Her return to the island may not have been planned but coming back allowed her to start to relax and understand more about herself and to realise what is actually important in her life. She is so conflicted throughout the book that I struggled to warm to her at times but as she starts to unravel her past and become the person she actually is instead of the one she thought she had to be she became more and more likeable to me. I will admit that I did love Luc, he lives in America but isn’t really happy there, he suffers from anxiety and panic attacks but his return to the island helps him to become more of himself. He still adores Willow but their past may be to much to overcome. Luc felt real to me, I could understand his issues and I was routing for him and Willow to find a way to be happy together 
The spectre of the past is a huge part of this book and I will admit that it wasn’t until late in the book that I fully understood why we were jumping from the past to the present and back again but once I realised why it actually had been skilfully woven into the story 
My initial draw to this book was its location, the Isle of Wight, it’s my holiday refuge and somewhere where I feel safe, happy and relaxed and this was something that the characters experienced as well which I think really made this story work for me
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story that blends the past and present into a world of character self discovery 
AM 🐾 x

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Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes.

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From Best Friend to Fiancée by Ellie Darkins

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Emotional rollercoaster 
Lara is a social media influencer and Jannes is a professional yachtsman. They have been friends for years but Jannes is in danger of losing sponsorship because of newspaper reports claiming he is a playboy so he and Lara decide that they will fake date each other to stop the reports and to give him his professional image back
I loved Lara, she is a fun and genuine character. She was emotionally hurt when she was younger and it still haunts her so seeing her have to face some of her fears and realising that maybe she doesn’t have to go through everything alone makes her feel like a stronger person. She was instantly likeable and I found myself loving her more as the book went on
Because more of the story is written from Lara’s point of view it was harder for me to “get” Jannes initially but as the story developed and seeing him through Lara’s eyes did help me to start to adore him very quickly. Like Lara he had some emotional issues from his childhood that were still affecting his life but they were so much a part of his character and what motivated him to be the person he is now that seeing them challenged and his reaction made him a stronger character in my eyes which made me adore him even more
They challenged each other and led me onto an emotional rollercoaster as they and their relationship changed and developed making them look more at themselves and what is most important in their lives and as a result their story pulled me in and didn’t let me go as I ended up desperate to know what would happen next and if they were able to become the people I knew they could be
Both Lara, Jannes and their world felt so real to me that at times I forgot that it was fiction and wanted to look them up online so it will come as no surprise to hear that I totally loved this book which I would recommend to those who enjoy a romance with amazing characters who have to fight against the odds for their happy ending
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Unexpected by Bailey B

Asher Anderson is a dick.

We aren’t friends, so when he seeks me out in the cafeteria on the worst day of my life, I’m suspicious. When he tells Liam Heiter that we’re dating, which couldn’t be further from the truth, I want to kill him.

Until I see Liam’s reaction.

Liam—my best friend, the guy who crushed every hope of us officially being together—is jealous. He has never looked at me this way and I love it.

So, I play along.

Maybe watching me with someone else will make Liam suffer like I have the past four years. And maybe, just maybe, he’ll come to his senses and realize we belong together.

It’s not like I have any kind of feelings for Asher. At best, I tolerate him.

What’s the worst that can happen?

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Brilliant!
Elaine and Asher have been sort of friends for years but when she gets her heart broken by Liam, her best friend with benefits, again they decide to fake date and make Liam jealous 
I’m not going to lie, at times I hated Elaine. She spent all her time trying to be who Liam wanted and in the process lost a part of herself, it’s only when she is with Asher that she starts to become realer and more believable to me. She does have a lot of redeeming qualities though and by the end I did really like her
I loved Asher, he is a smart person who knows what he wants. He has liked Ellie for years and finally spending time with her in any way he could made him happy and helped to bring his best qualities out
The characters personalities and life’s change so much throughout this book that I’m struggling to write this review and not to give away a whole load of spoilers! What I can say is that I loved both Asher and Ellie, even if they did things that frustrated me, I would understand why and quickly forgive them. Their story caught my attention and had me hooked from very early on and I really wanted to know what would happen next which had me turning the pages much later at night than I should be reading. I will however admit that for me, what would make this book even more addictive would be hearing more from Asher’s point of view as I think he had so much more to say but I still loved it 
I will therefore come as no surprise to anyone reading this review that I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance where the characters shine through and they start to become who they can be even through all the drama
AM 🐾 x

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Always And Forever At Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

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What if we’re all just searching for something?

Anna Stewart is lost. After barely surviving a car accident as a teenager, Anna is scared of settling. Flitting between jobs, boyfriends and homes whenever she gets bored, she has no idea what the future holds. Then her brother Brodie, minister of Glendale, suggests she moves to the beautiful Scottish village, lining up a housekeeper job for her at Glendale Hall.

Out of options, Anna agrees to the move, knowing that she can always run away again. Once at the hall, her culinary skills impress everyone, and she agrees to give Hilltop Farm’s new manager, Cameron, cooking lessons. Sparks fly between Anna and the handsome Scot, but Cameron is looking for love – something that Anna definitely isn’t.

But it’s wedding season at Glendale Hall, and Anna is about to discover that her new home has a way of working its magic on even the coldest of hearts. Will she really be able to just walk away, or could Anna have finally found a place to belong?

It’s summertime in the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale – pack your bags and come on holiday with this gorgeously uplifting, romantic read. Fans of Milly Johnson, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin will love this charming romcom.

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Emotional but in a good way
Anna was in a serious car crash when she was younger and she has been blaming herself for it for years. Not feeling like she is good enough, she spends time going from one job to another, constantly moving around until her brother persuades her to take a housekeeping job at Glendale Hall in Scotland 
Anna is a complex character, she doesn’t trust her feelings and emotions and hates the thought of other people taking over her life and planning things for her. She starts to learn to accept things whilst staying at Glendale and seeing her open up and becoming a stronger person who doesn’t always have to be alone made me really like her
I think a huge part of this book is the magic of Glendale and the people in it. They accept Anna and make her feel included and loved whilst also enabling her to have a sense of purpose. They don’t judge her but instead want to support her and let her to see that she has skills and that she is worth something even when she doesn’t necessarily believe it. Glendale itself is a place that came alive in my head and I felt myself absorbed into the setting, with a sense of peace washing over me each time I picked up the book
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy an emotional romance in a stunning setting where the main character goes on a journey of self discovery 
AM 🐾 x

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Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

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The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance by Lucy Morris

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A challenging wife

For a warrior Viking

When Thorstein Bergson rescues a beautiful woman from a storm-tossed longship he little expects to broker a powerful marriage alliance with her. This high-status ice queen is not the comfortable wife this warrior chief is seeking, but maybe the bittersweet pain in Gyda’s eyes hides another woman beneath? The one he tasted that first night, when she kissed him with such pent-up longing…

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Oh my gosh! Totally fabulous
Gyda has left her home town following the death of her husband and ends up shipwrecked on the shores of England and rescued by local landowner Thorstien and they end up married to each other and Gyda has about 3 months to prove to Thorstien that she can be a good wife otherwise they will get a divorce 
Gyda has had a tough life and Thorstien doesn’t make things easy for her but he starts to accept her and the people of his settlement start to really like her, especially when she does things for them. It was hard to get to know Gyda because she was so restrained and controlled but as she became more comfortable she opened up as a character and it meant that more information about her past came to light and I could bond to her a lot easier as I started to understand her and by the end I totally loved her 
Thorstien really doesn’t want to be married to Gyda, he thinks she’s rich, motivated by money and shallow and reading from his point of view I could totally see why he thought that but as he starts to get to know her more he realises that some of his assumptions may have been wrong. He has been traumatised by his first wife’s behaviour and because he sees Gyda in a similar light he pushes her away. He is in charge but also kind, thoughtful and loved by the people he rules over and these traits really shine through, especially as he develops more as a character
I loved reading Thorstien and Gydas story, the emotions they, and as a result I, went through felt so real and their determination as well as their struggles shone through and had me captivated 
I will admit that I didn’t know much about the Viking way of life but the superb storytelling of this book brought their world alive and had me wanting to know more and as a result I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical novel that will pull you in and have your emotions all over the place the further you read 
AM 🐾 x

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Lucy Morris lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two young children and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves gin, bubbly and Irn-Bru. A member of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association, she was delighted to accept a two-book deal with Harlequin after submitting her story to the Warriors Wanted submission blitz for Viking, Medieval and Highlander romances.

Writing for Harlequin Historical is a dream come true for her and she hopes you enjoy her books!

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The Highlander’s Secret Son by Jeanine Englert

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His first love

Now his sworn enemy…

What is Fiona MacDonald doing on the run across his lands? With a wee baby as well! Brandon once loved this woman with all his heart―until her family killed many of his clan. Now, as the new Campbell Laird, he must make sure she pays the price for her betrayal. But how can he claim his vengeance if what she says is true…? That her child is his son and heir!

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Love, love, loved it! 
Fiona and her son William have fled her fathers clan and are on their way to seek refuge with a cousin in a different clan but they must pass through Campbell land and they are captured by the Laird and William’s father Brandon who blames Fiona for her clan attacking his a year ago 
I loved Fiona, she is a strong and clever woman who knows what she wants and her overwhelming desire is to protect her son. She is able to fight and the first few chapters had me bursting into laughter when Brandon had a few “oh no”’s before Fiona did something a bit crazy. She must use her wits, skills and intelligence to keep herself safe in Brandon’s castle, most people want her dead because of her perceived betrayal and her personal battles along with her plans and determination had me liking her even more. She is the kind of person I would want to be
Brandon shouldn’t still care for Fiona but as soon as he learns they have a son his main aim is to keep them both safe and acknowledge his son his heir. He didn’t want to be Laird but he was thrust into the position and he does the best he can. It does lead to a lot of personal battles for him where he has to ask what is most important to him and how best to proceed. He is strong and determined, he works with those he trusts and listens to them whilst also making up his own mind. He protects those who are important to him and he goes through a lot to be able to protect William and Fiona, especially when everyone else wants her dead or gone. He is a character who I totally loved and his struggles made him feel more human 
This book is filled with so much drama and danger that it had me constantly on my toes and trying to keep up but that is a big part of what I loved so much about it. The characters and the situations they were in had me enthralled and they felt so real, I could almost see and feel the arguments, the fights and the characters play out in front of me. I could so easily imagine the locations that it was almost a bit of a surprise to find out that at least some of them were fictional, which I think shows just how much I was dragged in and captured by their story! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance that has some brilliant characters, an amazing setting and so much danger and drama that you will be on the edge of your seat and unable to stop reading 
AM 🐾 x

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Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a Golden Heart ® Finalist, Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery. Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at www.jeaninewrites.com.

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A Summer of Second Chances by Carol Thomas

A Summer of Second Chances by Carol Thomas High Res

Does first love deserve a second chance?

Ava Flynn sometimes feels like the clothes donated to her charity shop have seen more life than her, but ‘maximum dedication for a minimal wage’ is what it takes to keep her mother’s beloved wildlife charity, All Critters Great and Small, running – especially in the village of Dapplebury, where business is certainly not booming.

But when Ava’s first love, Henry Bramlington, returns to the village, suddenly life becomes a little too eventful. Henry escaped Dapplebury many years before, but now he has the power to make or break the village he left behind – All Critters Great and Small included. Can Ava trust the boy who ran away to give both her and her charity a second chance?

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Fun and fabulous 
Ava is running an animal rescue sanctuary created by her family and loved by her mum. She mainly focuses on fundraising and runs the charities shop in the village of Dapplebury. Henry is the heir to the Dapplebury estate and has been away for years but has come back as his father is gravely ill
I adored Henry as a character, he is so loveable and determined to make Ava happy, even seeking her out as soon as he returns to the village. He has struggles with the villagers accepting the changes that need to be made to make the estate viable but eventually wins them round and they start to warm to him. He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to try and get it and his character shines through with everything he does, I ended up loving him even more by the end of the book if that is possible 
Ava is still consumed by her grief for her mums passing and there are a lot of unresolved issues that are bought up within the story but as she starts to deal with them she became a more likeable character to me. It was harder to get to know her because of all of her issues obscuring the real her but she starts to shine through and develop as the story continued and I really ended up routing for Ava and loving her character by the end of the book
Both Henry and Ava have their own issues to deal with and coupled with misunderstandings, her friends inadvertently causing trouble and ghosts of the past coming back to haunt them but I still loved reading their story and was pulled so easily into their world which caught my attention right from the start and had me hooked 
There is a fabulous cast of supporting characters in this book and a part of me thinks that this is what makes the book work so well, they are people I recognise, people I know and I’m sure this will resonate with other readers as well. Because of this I can imagine them so clearly and I love what they bring to the story and how through them we learn so much more about Ava along with so much else (plus some of their exploits really did make me chuckle!)
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story that looks at what has happened in the past and how that impacts a persons future with some brilliant characters and a storyline that will catch your interest 
AM 🐾 x

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Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively Labrador. She has been a primary school teacher for over twenty years and has a passion for reading, writing and people watching. When she is not in school, chasing after her children, or stopping her dog from eating things he shouldn’t, she can be found loitering in cafes drinking too much tea and working on her next book.

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His Sister’s Best Friend by Shyla Novak

Solomon

The man of the house since my father’s death at sixteen, I knew I’d be the guardian for my sister, Susan, who has Down syndrome. However, I didn’t realize I’d become her guardian while dealing with my mother’s mini-strokes, rehabilitation, and selling the family home. I’m drowning in paperwork and emotions as I try to get Susan adjusted. A new care plan and a specialized school act as light at the end of the tunnel. I never expected to find her new best friend at the school was my old high school crush.

Ezra

I always regretted keeping my feelings for Solomon to myself. When we became the victims of losing touch in college, I added it to my list of regrets. Now he’s back as the guardian of a student, and the years have been exceedingly kind. My habit of following rules is suddenly out the window. Risking the reputation I’ve worked so hard to gain isn’t on my to-do list.

Can we manage a relationship without it becoming a conflict of interest?

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Loved it
Solomon and Ezra met at a Siblings with Down Syndrome support group when they were at school but they lost touch after school. Now they are reunited again when Sols sister is enrolled in the school that Ezra set up to allow people who are differently abled to learn life skills as well as further their education 
I loved both Solomon and Ezra, they both have their own issues to work through but Solomon has unexpectedly become the primary carer for his sister Susie and this book follows their life as they start to learn how things may be different for Susie than the one to one care that their mother gave her. She had been of the generation of people who believed that a person with Down Syndrome can’t do things for themselves or on their own and seeing that challenged and Susie starting to come out of her shell at school was something I loved to experience. Solomon and Ezra were at times difficult characters to understand but as they and the story developed they started to become more themselves and allowed their personalities to shine through 
I loved Ezras school, it allows people who may otherwise struggle to learn how to do things to become more independent and to socialise as well as learning important life skills. It focuses on what people can do rather than what they can’t and I found this to be really important and something that maybe we don’t acknowledge so much in everyday life
Places which have a similar philosophy to Ezra’s do exist in reality, I live near one, and the work they do is so vital in letting differently abled people to become the person they want to be rather than what others want or expect
I think my only issue with this book was that it was a novella and therefore I wasn’t able to experience as much of the characters lives as I would have liked but I still totally loved it and was completely hooked right from the start routing for all of the characters to have their happy ending
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance with amazing characters which will allow you to challenge preconceived notions and maybe see the world in a slightly different light 
AM 🐾 x

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USA Today Bestselling author Shyla Colt is a chaos wrangler, chronic crafter, and imaginary friend collector. The mom of two and a wife road trips with her weird brood when she’s not taking on a new hobby or bingeing on spooky podcasts and documentaries. She writes strong women with sass, plenty of nerdy tendencies, and the intriguing intense males who love them.

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Lady August By Becky Michaels

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August Summer thinks she is a nobody until a London solicitor barges into her employer’s drawing room, revealing not only is she the daughter of an earl but a wealthy heiress as well. Optimistic about a new life, she travels to her ancestral home of Linfield Hall, only for her brother to banish her to London to live with her aunt, a dowager duchess with a reputation.

When Lord Bolton asks him to fetch his illegitimate daughter, solicitor Samuel Brooks does not expect himself to become so invested in the young woman’s debut after wanting nothing to do with dinners and balls before. But as August navigates her way through this new world of the British aristocracy, Brooks is the one who is most dazzled by her unexpected charms.

Since society demands every young girl must marry, August decides she will accept nothing less than someone’s heart in exchange for possession of her newfound fortune. Forced to reexamine his negative views of love and marriage or lose August forever, Brooks soon realizes his heart is the only thing in danger of becoming possessed.

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Totally fabulous 
August is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl and on his death bed he requests his solicitor Samuel Brooks to retrieve her from her governess position and bring her to him
I totally loved August, she is aware of a benefactor in her life who paid for her schooling and got her a position as a governess with children she loves but otherwise she believed herself to be an orphan so her surprise when she found out who her father was and why he wanted to meet her felt so genuine. She wants a family and has made the best of the situations she has found herself in to build one. She is independent but also needs support especially with her presentation to London society and she adores her new sister and aunt (even if the rest of the family don’t like her). She goes on such a journey of self discovery, finding out who she is and what she wants and needs in her life to make her happy and the person she wants to be that it makes her seem so real 
Brooks doesn’t believe in love but he is still captivated by August, making attempts to see her even when he knows he shouldn’t. He has been hurt badly in the past and he really struggles with trusting people but he also cares about her and wants to do everything he can to keep her safe and free from harm. Brooks was a harder character to get to know, especially as a lot of his characters development came later in the book than August’s but as I found out more about him, he became more real to me and I did come to love him quite quickly
This book looks at a side of London high society that isn’t often looked at, the illegitimate child, but it is handled really well and I found myself hooked by August and Brooks story. Their personalities had them leaping off the page as did those of the supporting characters around them (2 of which, Rosamund and Rutley, I really hope that I will be able to read their story one day) 
This is my first time reading Ms Michaels but I have now discovered how much I adore her books and that she will be on my favourite authors list and this will be one of the books that I go back to over and over again because I love the story 
As you can probably tell by now, I adored this book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a historical romance that isn’t the traditional norm with a fabulous cast of characters who will draw you in and not let you go
AM 🐾 x

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Becky Michaels

Becky Michaels is a historical romance author and self-proclaimed Anglophile. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in English, she reluctantly decided to get a day job but never stopped writing—or dreaming. THE LAND STEWARD’S DAUGHTER, a Regency romance set in 1815 England, is her debut novel. Despite the cold winters and high rent, she still lives in the Boston area with her boyfriend and cat.

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