Since losing his beloved Lady Marianne, Anthony Thornhill has spiraled into a life of debauchery, and an endless parade of women. His excesses have been noted by the ton, and he’s been deemed a rake in more ways than one. In his heart, it’s hard for him to forget the woman who meant so much to him. She’s everything he wanted, and more. He’d do anything to get her back, but he knows that’s something that will never happen. That is, until the moment he sets eyes on the beautiful Lady Elizabeth Chatsworth.
Everything about her reminds him of his lost love. She even sports a birthmark in the same shape and spot that Marianne possessed. Anthony can’t help but to wonder as to whether she might have come back from the grave. The fact that Elizabeth looks so much like her is also uncanny. He knows he needs to spur her memory of him somehow, yet how can he do that when Elizabeth is determined to avoid him, at all costs?
Turning up in the oddest of places whenever possible, Anthony is soon delighted to know that she’s affected by him just as much as he is her. Although he knows Elizabeth will deny that very fact with every ounce of her being. He’s made it his goal to help her unlock the memories she’s kept buried, even if she refuses to have anything to do with him from the get-go.
As their attraction grows by the day, Anthony soon catches glimpses of the woman he lost so long ago. He no longer doubts that it’s her. He’d promised her a dance all those years ago, and he’ll do anything to make sure he can deliver on it. He knows the closer he gets to the Elizabeth, the sooner he’ll have his beloved within his arms, once and for all. Only then, can he fulfill the decree he solemnly swore from the moment she died in his arms that fateful day.
This was a very fast-paced and delightfully quick read. I enjoyed every minute of it. I think Lauren tapped in beautifully to the feelings, settings, and the memories of what life was like so long ago in Victorian England. The story is infused with heart-warming camaraderie between the characters that keeps the reader’s attention glued to every page. It’s definitely a book that’s hard to put down once you get started, and one that’s meant to be read time and again.
Unable to prevent his first love, the Lady Marianne, from being struck down by a carriage in a London street, Anthony Thornhill, heir to the Duke of Albourne, watches her die in his arms.
Believing her lost to him forever, he tries to forget her through an endless line of ladies, his rakish ways leaving him empty and wanting. That is until he literally bumps into the Lady Elizabeth, his curiosity aroused. Drawn to her, because she reminds him of a loss he will never regain, he comes to realize she just may be the Lady Marianne, fulfilling a promise of a dance that never was. His only problem…she does not remember him.
Can he bring her memories forth, allowing her to see him as she did then? To know him once more and reclaim the love for him she once had? Or will she be lost to him forever?
About The Author:
Lauren Hunter is a writer of Regency and paranormal romance novels, with plans to write in a variety of other genres, including time travel, angel, ghost, and contemporary romance,
as well as more Regency and paranormal.
Besides novels, she also writes poetry and short stories, with her poems appearing in anthologies from England, Holland, and the US.
Appearing in a number of The International Library of Poetry’s anthologies, she has received the Editor’s Choice Award and was published in The International Who’’s Who of Poetry 2004.
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