This is one of those books that you start reading and don't want to put down.
Eve Merton and her mother are struggling after her father died. She has attempted to find work as a governess and is back living with her mother. She is walking home when she hurts herself. A handsome stranger gives her a ride home on her horse Julius Vernon makes no secret that he is attracted to her and extends his stay in her village.
Julius is determined to have Eve for himself once he realizes that another man in the village is going to propose. After they marry, Eve discovers that Julius is the Earl of Winterton, heir to a Duke, she is upset. She soon discovers that Julius was well aware of her secret - that she is the daughter of the Old Pretender. However, others are also seeking her and her life is in danger. Can Julius keep her safe as they grow closer and fall deeper in love.
I absolutely loved Eve and Julius. Eve was such an elegant, sweet character that I was fully engaged in her story. Julius was an honorable character that falls in love with Eve. There is intrigue in the sub-plot that kept me on the edge of my seat.
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