Wednesday, November 26, 2014
THE BARON’S HONOURABLE DAUGHTER
File Size: 724 KB
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (May 6, 2014)
Sold by: Hachette Book Group
Bestselling author Lynn Morris weaves an inspirational Regency era romance rich in period detail.
When her stepfather suddenly dies, Valeria Segrave finds she must take charge of her grieving mother and the vast estate which now belongs to her six-year-old half brother, the new Earl of Maledon. Though capable, Valeria is frustrated to find each day brings a new struggle as she tries to establish her authority with servants, stewards, and solicitors-all men. As a young woman with no blood relation to the earl, they are all too ready to dismiss her.
Much to her chagrin, she must rely on the assistance of her stepfather's distant kinsman, Alastair, Lord Hylton. He is handsome and noble, and Valeria senses under the veneer of his gentlemanly behavior that she never measures up to his expectations of a refined lady. In light of that, accepting his help and feeling under a burden of gratitude to him is almost unbearable. Even when Valeria leaves the country estate for the glittering London Season, where she gets into a series of escapades, Lord Hylton is always there to witness, criticize, and correct her behavior. But if Alastair insists on engaging in a battle of wits and wills with the lively Valeria, she'll stop at nothing to prove that he's met his match.
The Baron’s Honourable Daughter tells the story of Miss Valeria Segrave. Her father died when she was young and her mother remarried. Unfortunately, she begins to witness his blatant actions towards another woman, realizing not only is he having an affair, but her mother knows. When her stepfather dies suddenly while out of town, Valeria had to figure out how to take charge of the vast estate, tend to her ailing mother, and help along her six year old half-brother, who is the new Earl of Maledon. As she struggles to establish her authority with those she has to deal with, a distant relative of the family, Alastair, Lord Hylton, arrives to help. While Valeria appreciate his help, she also finds that their personalities tend to clash. When she finally gets to go to London for the season, it seems as if Lord Hylton is there at every turn to witness her blunders and mishaps. Yet, she finds herself looking forward to seeing him every time.
This story was so good! I loved the setting! I realize as I get older how much I enjoy this time period. Just hearing about the clothes and the different parties and expectations. It’s so interesting. It was nice watching Valeria’s character grow. And watching her go from the responsible young woman tending to the estate to the carefree young woman going to parties and meeting beaus. And I appreciated that she was willing to open her eyes to see when she had gone too far with some of her actions. It’s hard to look at ourselves and admit we are wrong. It hit her hard when she did, but she didn’t let herself keep following that path. This was a very enjoyable book!
Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers