Synopsis of the book:
An American heiress and widow of a rakish English earl, Catherine has returned to New York high society determined to make amends for the scandal she caused when she crossed the Atlantic to elope with her best friend’s suitor and win the title of Lady Bisterne. But a ruined reputation isn’t the only thing that’s followed her home: Lord Tristram Wolfe, the rightful heir to the Bisterne estate, has vowed to track down his family’s stolen jewels — gems he’s certain Catherine stole.
Catherine has more to think about than charming, handsome Tristram and his accusations, even if he’s beginning to change her mind about never returning to England. Back at her family’s Tuxedo Park estate, she resolves to restore her honor by earning the forgiveness of her best friend and protecting her younger sister from other fortune-seeking Englishmen with dubious titles, all while abiding by the etiquette of the Gilded Age.
Yet when Tristram’s quest takes a dangerous turn, she must decide whether to follow the rules or save her accuser’s life.
Gilded age romance with a touch of mystery. People have long memories and youthful indiscretions have made Lady Catherine the target of much gossip. Now a handsome man believes she is a thief as well. To make matters worse, she is attracted to him. What a conundrum. A short enjoyable read.
I really liked both Catherine and Tristram. They were admirable people struggling to make up to family for their mistakes. The fact that they are at cross purposes doing so makes for some tense moments, especially because they are attracted to each other.
This is a short read which I enjoyed. I did feel that the mystery of the stolen jewels was tied up too quickly, but the romance was the main drive and that was done well.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
The attraction between Tristram and Catherine, even while Tristram believes Catherine to be a jewel thief.
What I didn’t like about this book:
The mystery was tied up too quickly at the end.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. This is a nice compact historical romance.
Note: I received this book complimentary in a giveaway. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
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