Saturday, April 9, 2016

His Forbidden Debutante by Anabelle Bryant

When a letter is mistakenly delivered to Lavinia Montgomery's home, she pens a note and returns it to the sender.  That sparks a correspondence with Randolph Caulfield that develops into a romance.    Livie breaks off her budding relationship with Randolph after a carriage accident kills her parents and leaves her unable to walk because she didn't want to burden him with a wife that couldn't walk.

One year later, Livie is looking to find the man that she knows is the one.  She keeps running into the Earl of Penwick and can't explain her attraction to him.

Randolph Caulfield is the new Earl of Penwick.  He longs for his true love but when she broke off their correspondence, he knows he has to marry for his title.  Penwick keeps running into Livie Montgomery and has to fight his attraction to her.  He finally figures out that Livie is his beloved and doesn't want to lose her again.

I absolutely loved this novel!  The characters were wonderful.  The sub-plot of the shoe clips went in a direction that I sort of expected but how it was resolved was a surprise.  I felt bad for Claire.  She was the pawn in her brother's theft.

The one thing that bugged me was how did Penwick become the Earl?  It was mentioned several times that Penwick had the earldom "forced upon him out of necessity" and that it was sudden.  The other "mystery" was the dancing instructor and the charm bracelet.  

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

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