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No man's darling . . .
One by one, Lady Caroline Grayson watched her four sisters celebrate their betrothals, truly sure that marriage was not in her future—and perfectly pleased with that fact. Or so she thought.
Brent Ravenscroft, Earl of Weymerth, nearly gave his life for the Crown. He returned to England a hero with no intention of taking a bride, certain his brusque demeanor would intimidate any young ladies drawn to his good looks—or so he thought.
Bound by a business transaction, Caroline and Brent begin life as husband and wife. Utterly determined not to fall for each other, they stubbornly ignore the sparks flying between them and keep secrets at every turn. They would resist the lure of love—and the pleasures of the marriage bed—forever . . . or so they thought.
My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth is a wonderfully written historical romance. It was unique to any I’ve rad before. Caroline is a spinster, considered unattractive by many, and, in her mid 20s, only interested in botany. She believes she will never marry and has secretly portrayed herself as a man to gain passage to America to study botany at a university there. She is brilliant with numbers and with plants, and has been considered ‘odd’ her whole life, so she is used to being an outcast.
Lord Weymerth, Brent, returns from war to find that his cousin sold off many of his home furnishings and his prizes horses while he was gone. When he attempts to get his horses back, he finds himself stuck in an interesting situation. The only way he can get his prized breeding horses back is to marry Caroline.
I absolutely adored this story. Both main characters were so stubborn and frustrating, but, at the same time, it was easy to understand why they both acted that way…though I still wanted to smack them sometimes. 😉 It was a joy watching love develop in this story. There were quite a few moments I found myself laughing out loud or tearing up while reading. The ending made me cry as well, and I just really enjoyed this story. I will definitely be seeking out more books by Adele Ashworth!
This book was obtained by me for my own reading pleasure and not provided for review.
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