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.
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
About the Author
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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