My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Thomas, find themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Their estranged Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and diabolical Uncle Cline is determined to indulge in his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges. Desperate to save her brother from a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice left—they must run.
Lizzy and Thomas sneak away and find refuge in an abandoned cabin. There they remain hidden—until fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Through his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust him. Soon Lizzy realizes Mr. Barton may be her best hope for a life in which she can live—and love—as she chooses . . .
My thoughts: I really hate it when greedy people take advantage of orphans.
Lizzy runs from her family home with her younger brother. He Uncle has taken possession of the estate and is shipping off her brother to serve as a cabin boy on a ship. Lizzy cannot allow that to happen so she plots her escape.
What would you do for someone you love? In this case, Lizzy is willing to sacrifice everything to protect her brother. He is all the family that she has left and she cannot let him be put in danger on a ship. Her Uncle is a violent man who has made their life miserable.
Their adventure takes them to the small town of Hillcrest. It is there that Lizzy finds protection at Everly Manor. The interactions between Lizzy and Barton are precious. Lizzy has secrets and is not willing to give them up. She fears that she will be forced to return to the care of her Uncle and her brother shipped off to sea. She is not sure who or what she can trust. This leads her into danger.
Barton is an honorable and just man. He has always been an advocate for the downtrodden. He wants nothing more than to protect Lizzy and Thomas. Getting Lizzy to trust him is the main battle that he faces.
This book is sweet. It is one that I wanted to keep reading and find out if there is a "happy ever after" for the characters. I enjoyed them and the rural setting.
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