Heiress Gone Wild

Avon. (Dear Lady Truelove, Bk. 4). Oct. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780062853714. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062853721. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
When Jonathan Deverill’s longtime friend died, he shocked Jonathan by revealing he had a daughter at a finishing school and named Jonathan her guardian. After recovering from the surprise of these new circumstances, Jonathan decides to pay the young woman a visit to make sure she is cared for before continuing on his travels from New York to England and then South Africa. Instead of a young girl still pursuing her studies, he meets Marjorie McGann, an intelligent and strong-willed beauty who is longing to leave the only life she has known at the school. Sneaking onto the boat to join Jonathan’s voyage to England, Marjorie plans to have a proper Season, find a husband, and embark on a life of her choosing with the money her father set aside for her. Jonathan worries that Marjorie will tarnish her reputation, and a battle of wits begins, with Jonathan trying to keep the promise to his friend and Marjorie fighting him at every turn. Their bickering quickly turns into a battle of desires, as Jonathan and Marjorie must choose what compromises they are willing to make to be happy.
VERDICT The latest in Guhrke’s “Dear Lady Truelove” series has heat but struggles to show the depth of Jonathan and Marjorie’s connection. Still, series fans will tune in, thanks to the endearing characters whose stories continue here.
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