on July 10th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance
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Lord Jeremy Landon, Earl of Bennington, spent the last ten years rebuilding the ruined earldom he inherited from his scandal-ridden uncle. He has one final debt to repay. In lieu of money, though, he is manipulated into marrying a spinster…
Lady Eliza Burke is tired of living under the rule of a tyrannical mother. She’ll do anything to escape, even marry a man she doesn’t know—and a man her mother despises. Eliza doesn’t believe herself destined for love. Lord Bennington doesn’t believe he’s destined for happiness. Both are about to be tested by a scandal that could tear them apart forever.
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Lady Eliza Burke is placed in a desperate situation. Her mother has just declared her beloved cousin, Christina, will marry the Earl of Bennington, Lord Jeremy Landon, in order for him to repay a debt from his late uncle. Eliza knows when Christiana reaches her majority in less than a month, she plans to wed her true love. Eliza tries to get the earl to call it off through a series of letters. When the earl assumes the author of the unsigned letters is the one he is to marry, Eliza gets an idea. She takes Christiana’s place and weds the earl. He is more than a little surprised when he finds out the truth shortly after the ceremony. The unlikely couple find a way to get on with each other and end up in the perfect circumstance, in love.
Although the Landon sisters are not the focus of this novel, I love that Hahn has given their cousin who inherited their father’s title his own story. Jeremy is a very proud man and has worked hard to bring the earldom back from the brink of destruction. Hahn gives us a complex character who has his own set of rules. Those rules fly out the window when he is wed to a stranger. My vision of Eliza became clear from the very first chapter. Someone who has that much love in their heart to toss herself into an unknown marriage is priceless. I applaud Hahn for bringing these two characters to life and giving us a brilliant yet unusual love story.