Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice’s predatory servants and—with Lady Beatrice’s eager cooperation—the four young ladies become her “nieces,” neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!
It’s the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household…
A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves…
Review: It only took me one chapter and I was hooked. The one thing that kept rolling around in my head was this, “How have I not heard of Miss Gracie until now?”
As a lover of historical romances, I’m almost appalled that this is the first time I’ve picked up one of her books! Jam packed full of romance, intrigue, sensual tension–you name it! To say this book was your typical Regency romance would be like saying chocolate isn’t good.
The book starts with our hero and then transports his character to eight years later. After refilling the family coffers–he’s finally able to return to London. Enter in Abby and her three “sisters.” I use the term loosely because two out of the four sisters aren’t blood related and have quite shady pasts.
I was shocked how easily I latched onto the characters. After a moment of desperation on Abby’s part–they find themselves suddenly living in a beautiful old house and running the household for Lady Beatrice (It must be said that Lady Beatrice reminds me of the crazy great aunt in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series).
When Max returns home, he see’s his aunt hasn’t been taken care of, after all, he wouldn’t leave her so ill! Soon the wool is lifted from his eyes and he sees how the Chance sisters saved his aunts life, literally.
Humor and snappy dialogue flew off the pages. I’m pretty sure my smile was frozen in place most the time! The sensual tension was just enough to make you shiver with delight, but not overdone to where you need to shield your eyes or poke them out with a pencil.
The characters of Max and Abby had a love/hate relationship that I typically like to read in my romances. I don’t like the whole love at first sight thing, so I’m glad she wrote it how it appeared. Lust at first sight that turned into love.
The secondary character of Freddy was also a wonderful treat! The only complaint I have of this book, and really it’s not a complaint if I’m being honest…but alas, here it is: I wish that Miss Gracie would have delved deeper into Abby’s mindset. I don’t believe she ever stated that she loved Max, and then suddenly she’s confessing everything?
All in all this book is a fantastic read! I can’t wait to read the other Chance sister books! If you want a great historical romance that will have you sighing with excitement and laughing out loud–snatch this book!