What did I love about this book? The hero, Ash Turner for one. He has harbored ill feelings to the Duke of Palford for turning him away when he was young and his two brothers and sister needed help desperately. As a result of the Dukes coldness, his young sister died and Ash vowed to seek revenge on the man. So when he finds out the Duke is actually still married to his first wife, now living in America, he brings forth the bigamy charge against him and thus discrediting his second wife and their three children, two sons and a daughter. As it happens, his two sons went to school with Ashs two younger brothers and they got into a few scuffles due to their distaste of each other.
This brings me to the next point of enjoyment in this book, the heroine, Lady Anna Margaret Dalrymple, Duke Palfords daughter. After being declared a bastard and all her society friends turning their backs on her, it is decided she will remain at Parford Manor and act as a nursemaid to her father while her brothers try to secure necessary votes to remain the heirs to the dukedom. When Ash and Margaret meet, sparks fly. You would think Ash would be a cold, heartless man based on his previous manners but he turns out to be a honorable, caring, loyal and protective man of his family. He repeatedly makes people understand that you matter, you are important, regardless of station in life. As Ash and Margaret get closer, Ash continues to be a gentleman allowing Margaret to make the decisions. Margaret takes this all in along with knowledge that could destroy Ashs chance at claiming the dukedom and finds the strength to follow her heart.
There are numerous other points of the story that I loved....when Ash finally realizes who Margaret is and his reaction to it....Ashs love and protection and need to fit in with his brothers....Margarets resolve to help her brothers even though they basically turn their backs on her to better themselves. I do not really want to say too much more about the plot but the way everything is resolved will leave a smile on your face. This was a wonderful book and I can not wait to purchase it and read it again in Jan! And I eagerly await the next in the series, Unclaimed, in Oct! 5 stars
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