Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Kingston upon Hull. When a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.
Henry has worked hard his
entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his
father out of debtor’s prison. Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her
sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of money.
Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and
looked after, as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.
by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those desperate to get
their hands on her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from
the same fate that cost her the rest of her family, Charlotte turns to
the ghost of the beheaded queen, Anne Boleyn, for help. But no matter
the size of the fortune, life—and love—are never smooth sailing.
I LOVE THE COVER!
“Twelve thousand a year?”
Henry and Charlotte. What better named pair? I loved reading their story!
Darby is destitute and caring for her handicapped sister when she
becomes the heiress to Willowkeep. She’s a kind, strong, funny lady with
a fierce sense of protection and loyalty to those she loves, especially
her sister who is frightened of almost everyone. I immediately started
rooting for her. She’s also lucky to have a wonderful steward who feels
compelled to take of her and her sister.
Henry Morland is taken
in by Charlotte’s honesty and lack of airs. And somehow, Susan, the
little sister, is comfortable and comforted with him. Henry is THE
sweetest person with his own flaws that make him lovable. But he can
never be with Charlotte because he is beneath her socially. And
Charlotte has vowed never to marry.
An added bonus to the story
is the letters Charlotte writes to Anne Bolen. Loved it and the cover
that goes along with this part of the story. Keep reading past the last
chapter for more love and affection.
The characters are well-written,
the story flows and the pace is consistent. I couldn’t put the book
down. If you want a good regency romance with wit, bravery, love of
family, and a possible ghost, this book is for you! It’s worth your
V: some tense moments
Thanks to netgalley for the advance read in exchange for my honest review!