Lady Hartley’s Inheritance
Clarissa Hartley discovers that her inheritance has been left to the illegitimate son of her late husband. This is devastating news to her as she has devoted her life to running the estate. Her godmother’s son, Luc, Lord Deverill, suspects fraud and insists on becoming involved with the matter. Clarissa disapproves of the rakish earl but catches glimpses of the real man beneath the façade. Her stubbornness endangers her and Luc is involved in a race to save the woman he loves.
This book is true to the genre and has been impeccably researched. It has a cast of interesting and believable characters, all of which are well-drawn. In places the dialogue sparkles, and the humour is evident. However the writing is far too often overburdened with unnecessary adjectives and adverbs, which spoil the flow and pace of an otherwise excellent story.
The cover design depicts a dark-haired girl when Clarissa has corn-coloured hair; it is a shame that neither publisher nor author noticed this.