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406 pages, Kindle Edition
First published November 24, 2015
“Eddie next door has an uncle who takes him to sail boats on the water at Hyde Park. You’ve never taken me to sail a boat,” she accused.
“He’s offered me seven hundred pounds to buy Heathmore Cottage,” she conceded, remembered the last solid offer between them.
His eyes grew round. “Gor! That’s . . . that’s . . .” His nose wrinkled again. “Seven thousand pounds?”
She nodded, the amount making her feel ill instead of glad.
I love unconventional HR heroines. The wallflowers, the strong-willed, the brave ones who refuses to conform to society’s rules. So I really wanted to like Lucy, because she is unconventional, but all her plans, all her determination to not be dependent on a husband, in the end just aggravated me. She was set on claiming her inheritance, but she would lose hope very quickly, thinking it was just too difficult to live on her own, and care for a broken down house. And all she wanted to do then was too return to her home, which she ran away from, where it was warm and she didn’t have to know how to do laundry and build a fire. Ugh. And the way she treated the hero…. At first I could understand her mistrust of him, but after he showed her continuously how wonderful he was, how trustworthy, her mistrust just upset me. Greatly.
I really liked Thomas. Before he left London, he wasn’t a good man. He was a drunk who let down his sister. But he’s not that man anymore. He’s a good guy, who’s determined to save Heathmore Cottage and the little town it resides in.
And because I just never warmed up to Lucy, the romance just didn’t work for me. This was a difficult book to rate. I loved the hero, but the heroine just irritated me. But I do like how the author writes, and Thomas and the people from the little town were great characters.