Friday, June 1, 2012

Ravishing the Heiress-Sherry Thomas

Ravishing the Heiress

Sherry Thomas

Berkley, Jul 3 2012, $7.99

ISBN 9780425250877

In 1888, the wealthy sixteen year old daughter of the tin sardine king Millicent Graves and the new Earl of Fitzhugh marry as he desperately needs money to keep his destitute family from ruin and she obtains a noble title though his late thirty-something predecessor was had dad’s first choice. They share their first kiss but Millie persuades her nineteen years old husband to wait eight years before they consummate their vows as she hopes to win his heart, which belongs to Lady Isabelle Pelham; her rationale is she is only sixteen. He accepts her request.

They have lived together as best friends but the couple live separate lives until 1896 when the time to make their marriage real has arrived. Millie has loved Fitz since she first saw him, but believes his heart belongs to the widow Mrs. Isabelle Englewood, who has returned to London with two small children to claim him as hers. The offspring of a manufacturer knows she cannot compete with the lovely widow who is her mate’s peer, but though she knows he will fulfill their vow, she will do the right thing for him even though her heart will break.

This is a charming Victorian romance summed up nicely by Millie’s friend Venetia when she says “friendship is what gives love its wings.” Sub-genre readers will enjoy this tender tale of love as Millie and Fitz distrust their love is reciprocated so hide how they feel out of fear of losing their friendship. Sherry Thomas provides a wonderful historical.

Harriet Klausner

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