2013 Rita nominee
About the Author:
The youngest child of a Navy pilot and a journalist, Jennifer acquired a love of adventure and an excitement for learning that continues to this day. She’s lived in three countries and traveled throughout the United States. An avid reader of classics and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was chosen by Grand Central Publishing to be the first inspirational romance for their Forever imprint. She resides with her husband in the southeastern United States–where, when not writing or dreaming up romantic adventures for her characters, she can be found fantasizing about her next ski trip or international vacation.
About the Book:
A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .
A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?
RATING: 4 Stars
As soon as I read this blurb, I knew that it was a story for me – the setting, characters and the dilemma- I was captivated from the beginning. And I was not disappointed! However I must confess that the prologue had me a bit confused, but Delamere did a good job of sorting it out. Within the first couple of chapters I was deeply engrossed, loving how smoothly the story advanced.
What I loved most about this novel was the humour, where James and Ria (aka Lizzie) are the prime candidates, ranging from sarcastic to dry. It allowed me to be engaged and ‘accepted’ into their world, like someone who is on their side and shared secret.
For once though it was not the romance that kept me intrigued, but rather the mystery of the Lizzie’s predicament, which seemed to be getting worse by the minute, as people she thought she would never see again appear, making her promise to Ria even more challenging. Yet I have to say that the romance was sweet and endearing, which complimented the novel perfectly. The tension between Geoffrey and Lizzie was so evident, adding a good twist to the novel.
Mainly, I loved everything about this story. The characters were engaging and the story line definitely intriguing. I am looking forward to reading her next instalment “A Lady Most Lovely”.
*Thanks to the pubisher for providing me with a free copy of this book*