Author: Julie Daines
Published: June 1, 2016
FTC FYI: I received a paperback copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Courted 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 was instantly drawn into this book. The characters were fascinating and well written. Of course, I would read anything from this author, I truly love her books. Charlotte's character was intriguing and I loved her back story. I appreciated how her "secrets" were revealed later on and loved the letters to Anne Boleyn, that was really fun. I loved her devotion to her sister and the author notes at the end were very touching. I did suspect a certain character's "intentions" early on, but I really liked how the plot all came together. I loved Henry, another wonderful character full of selflessness and kindness. I loved the author descriptions throughout and especially the detail of the Willowkeep estate. I loved the story and the ending was wonderfully satisfying.
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