ROMANCE

Gentleman Jim

Perfectly Proper. Nov. 2020. 376p. ISBN 9781733056991. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Nicholas Seaton is rumored to be the illegitimate son of the infamous bandit, Gentleman Jim. When Nicholas is wrongfully charged with theft, only his childhood friend Margaret Honeywell, daughter of a wealthy squire, believes he is framed. Margaret helps Nicholas escape and vows to wait for his return. Ten years later, Margaret is slated to marry bullying neighbor Frederick Burton-Smythe, who controls all her finances and land. In a bid for freedom, Margaret visits a friend in London and meets the handsome John Beresford, Viscount St. Clare and heir to an earl, recently arrived from Europe. Margaret swears St. Clare is Nicholas, which he adamantly denies lest he be proven illegitimate and lose the earldom to a distant, malicious cousin. St. Clare intends to gain back his inheritance and seek Margaret’s hand, believing there’s a way to win both.
VERDICT Best-selling author of the “Victorian Romantics” series, Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance, filled with scheming and betrayals, and featuring a courageous heroine in fragile health paired with a hero bent on retribution who isn’t too good to be true.

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