Sins for All Seasons, Book 5
From the publisher:
New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath pens another richly satisfying romance in her Sins for all Seasons series.
She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…
Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if he’s willing to overlook her scandalous lineage. But Fancy’s plans are thrown into chaos when an intriguing commoner begins visiting her bookshop—and she finds herself unable to stop thinking about him.
He’s looking to escape his title…
Widowed just a year ago, the reclusive Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont, has been besieged by women hoping to become his next wife. Desperate for anonymity, he sheds Society life to search for the peace that eludes him. Fancy’s shop is his one refuge, until the night their passion erupts into a kiss that nearly leads to her ruin—and leaves both longing for much more.
Together, they discover an unlikely love…
As Fancy finds herself torn between her family’s expectations and her growing feelings for Matthew, secrets are exposed—secrets that force Fancy to question if she can trust her heart’s desire…
It is helpful to read this series in order, but if not, this is a good a place to start as any. Fancy is the baby of the family, but she is finally ready for her coming out. The problem of her birth is a concern, of course, but since her older siblings have married into nobility, it is certainly within the realm of possibility that she will as well. That is her mother’s dream for her, and Fancy wants to please her family.
Fancy runs a bookshop and is a true passion project, which of course, I understand! She helps a new customer, Matthew, and feels a certain attraction that is mutual. Turns out the gentleman is renting an apartment from her brother, and lives just across the courtyard. He is intrigued with Fancy, but is hesitant to tell her who he really is, especially once he sees she is carrying an article around, an article written by his wife before her death. Fancy is a romantic, but Matthew is a realist – he has been burnt once and has no desire to ever find himself in that situation again.
Hidden identity aside, they fall in love but she is determined to marry to please her family, not herself. Matthew knows he can reveal who he is and that will solve the problem, but when it appears Fancy has set up another man to force him into marriage with her, everything goes awry. Until the happy ending of course.
This was a fun read and another excellent addition to this series. I think there is at least one more book to go so that is definitely something to look forward to!
5/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE EARL TAKES A FANCY by Lorraine Heath. Avon (March 31, 2020). ISBN 978-0062951908. 400 p.
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