An Heiress at Heart
In 1846, siblings Lizzie and Tom Poole journey to New South Wales, fleeing scandal in England. There, they meet and befriend Ria and Edward Smythe, who have also fled in disgrace. Together these newfound friends build a better life for themselves.
Five years later, Lizzie has lost both her friends and brother. She returns home in order to fulfill Ria’s dying wish. Assuming Ria’s identity, she attempts to make amends for past wrongs and to seek proof of her parentage. While assimilating into her role as Ria, Lizzie unexpectedly discovers more than a life of wealth and privilege; she learns the importance of family, honor and duty. She also discovers romance when Ria’s brother-in-law, Geoffrey, Lord of Somerville, captures her heart. Lizzie must figure out a way to reveal the truth without losing the love and family she has found.
This is a charming novel with a predictable plotline. Nonetheless, Lizzie’s inner struggles captivate as she tries to play a part, but be herself. The budding romance between Lizzie and Geoffrey is sweet, the story pleasant.