Sunday, January 12, 2014

When a Lord Needs a Lady by Jane Goodger

Katherine Wright is an American heiress bought to England by her title seeking mama.  (Kind of reminds you of Downton Abbey.)  They are in Brighton before they start a series of house parties followed by the Season.  Her mother is sick and Katherine is bored.  She borrows her maids dress and goes out to explore the area.  She is reading a letter from her sister when she is rescued from falling into the sea by Graham Spencer, Marquess of Avonleigh.  Katherine tells him she is a lady's maid and Graham introduces himself as Grey, a valet.  Katherine sneaks out of the hotel during the day and at midnight to meet Grey.

Avonleigh is known in society as the Miserable Marquess and he will marry the very first girl he smiles at.  He is broke due to some putting all of his money with one brokerage firm that goes bankrupt and now he needs to marry an heiress to save his estates.  He is all but engaged to Claudia Von Haupt.

This book had great characters.  Katherine and Graham were characters that had a depth of emotion.  I felt sorry for Graham and his situation from his crumbling estates to him having to marry a woman that he didn't want to marry but had to.  Katherine was a nice girl that just wanted to attend university.  She didn't want the title but she did fall in love with Graham and wanted him.  I felt like I was attending the house parties and was routing for Katherine.  Katherine's mother is hilarious and I felt bad for her marital situation.  Pool Claudia Von Haupt is just pure dingy. 

The only part of the book I didn't like fully was the ending.  After Graham announces his engagement to Claudia, it felt like the book was rushed especially the resolution.  After the first part being drawn out, I felt the ending could have been a little more expanded.

I am hoping Katherine's friend Marjorie and Mr. Norris get the next book!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington Books.  Thank you!

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