Since I haven’t finished the book I’m currently reading, I’ve decided to post older reviews.
Once lovers, Lady Emmaline and Baron Devreux have differing points of view concerning a long-ago tryst –and some “what ifs.” But in an unexpected encounter, the two simply have too many questions and the answers only come by moonlight-with a little mischief.
ISBN: 0-451-21701-2 (Signet)
Finished: 10 April 2006
Who: Emmaline and Jack
The book was an enjoyable read. As in Austen’s Persuasion, the hero and heroine are given a second chance at a relationship. Emma and Jack were going to elope thirteen years ago. However, on that fateful night, Jack’s strange behavior (which included driving off in the wrong direction) caused her to walk away. Unlike Anne Elliott, Emma did marry to please her family. It was an unhappy marriage and Emma lost a child to illness. Now a widow, she’s returning to London society after several years. Jack, during this time, has reclaimed his family’s honor and established a successful stud farm. He never married, but he’s not a rake either: he’s had mistresses, but never for very long: he still loves Emma.
It’s nice to read a Regency where the heroine, a member of the ton, has real friends of the same social standing. Emma’s friends are not rivals in love, fashion, or hospitality. Though she is the granddaughter/sister of a duke, her friends are not inferior to her, like Harriet Smith to Austen’s Emma. They are real friends who enjoy each other’s company and “hang out” with each other.
The end was a bit annoying and drawn out. Emma kept waffling about trusting Jack, even after she’d admitted her feelings and he’d made his intentions known.