Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune and a scandalous secret that will forever alter the lives of his family--sending one daughter on a journey of self-discovery... Read more...
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Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune and a scandalous secret that will forever alter the lives of his family--sending one daughter on a journey of self-discovery...
With her parents' marriage declared bigamous, Camille Westcott is now illegitimate and without a title. Looking to eschew the trappings of her old life, she leaves London to teach at the Bath orphanage where her newly discovered half-sister lived. But even as she settles in, she must sit for a portrait commissioned by her grandmother and endure an artist who riles her every nerve.
An art teacher at the orphanage that was once his home, Joel Cunningham has been hired to paint the portrait of the haughty new teacher. But as Camille poses for Joel, their mutual contempt soon turns to desire. And it is only the bond between them that will allow them to weather the rough storm that lies ahead...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Balogh follows Someone to Love, in which orphaned Anna Snow discovered she was an earls daughter and an heiress, with the deeply emotional riches-to-rags tale of Annas half-sister, Camille Westcott, whose loss of status was Annas gain. At first Camille was devastated to learn that her father had not legally married her mother, making her an illegitimate commoner. Now living in Bath with her grandmother and younger sister, Camille decides to quit moping and take a teaching job at the orphanage where Anna grew up. Her attempts to deal maturely with her reversal of fortune are frustrated by the presence of Joel Cunningham, the orphanage art teacher. Sparks of temper and romance fly between them, but Joel struggles to squash his feelings for his friend Anna and give Camille a fair chance. When old flames and old hurts reappear, both Joel and Camille must decide between safety and courage. Balogh exhibits a fine understanding of how unmet expectations, painful father issues, and identity struggles can both restrain a person and lead to liberation. This Regency romance dives deeper than most and will satisfy fans and new readers alike. Agent: Maria Carvainis, Maria Carvainis Agency. (Feb.)