A Reluctant Courtship
Twenty-year-old Honore Bainbridge has “blotted her own copybook” and been banished to the family estate near Clovelly, on the Devonshire coast. Honore decides that she cannot trust her own judgment and that anyone she falls in love with must be a scoundrel, including the handsome earl with an American accent who rescues her from a cliff’s edge. It is 1813. England is at war with both the United States and France, and many locals believe that the new Lord Ashmoor, Americus (Meric) Poole, is the traitor who is helping French prisoners of war to escape. Meric resolves that he must protect his position by marrying a woman whose reputation is above reproach: Therefore, he cannot marry Honore.
As a whole, this is a delightful Regency romance with a madcap heroine, period language, and plenty of adventure. The plot does not entirely hold together because travel times, whether by foot, horse or cart, rarely seem realistic; for example, some of the characters ride to Dartmoor Prison, more than fifty miles distant, and returned to Clovelly on the same day, an impossible feat on horseback. These discrepancies aside, this is a charming conclusion to the popular The Daughters of Bainbridge House series.