Title: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower
Series: The Dukes of War
Author: Erica Ridley
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: December 1, 2014
Oliver York returns from war to find his father dead, his finances in arrears, and himself the new Earl of Carlisle. If he doesn’t marry an heiress—and fast!—he and his tenants are going to be pitching tents down by the Thames. He definitely shouldn’t be trading kisses with a penniless debutante… no matter how captivating she is!
Miss Grace Halton is in England just long enough to satisfy the terms of her dowry. But a marriage of convenience isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. Back in America, her ailing mother needs medicine only Grace’s dowry can afford. Which means the dashing earl she can’t get out of her mind is the one man she can’t let into her heart.
Read on for my thoughts on The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower. No true spoilers, promise.
What an absolute delight! I will not rest until this entire series is on my Kindle. It’s that good. 🙂
Grace has the misfortune of being an American in London – dealing with the ton. A challenge in itself. Her grandparents (member of said ton) definitely qualify as the Grandparents From Hell. Her mother is ill, and Grace desperately needs to marry a rich nobleman in order to provide for her mother. Unfortunately, Grace has had no help from her Grandparents in meeting any eligible man. Nor any chaperoning, so that she is seen by the “gentlemen” she comes in contact with as not marriageable material – but bed-able without risk.
Oliver needs a rich wife. He has no other choice but to marry a woman with a sizeable dowry and access to lots and lots of help from her parents. He returns from the war to find his father has died, his estate is virtually bankrupt and he is reduced to selling parts of his family’s history in order to pay his servants and simply survive.
The rest, as they say, is romantic history.
I will give this one a rare 5 outta 5 on my rating scale. And no I’m not going to tell you any more except – Get This Book Now. It is such a touching love story, gives you details into the world and thinking of the ton that we normally never read – and it is pure and simple a charming story. The perfect beginning to a series that if this one is any indication, will go above and beyond our expectations.
You need this one. Really.
*I received an e-ARC of The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*