Something in the Heir

St. Martin’s Griffin. Sept. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781250842527. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
A marriage of convenience turns upside down with the addition of trouble-making orphans in Enoch’s (Hit Me with Your Best Scot) latest. Emmeline Hervey made a bargain with her friend Will Pershing—a hasty marriage that would let her keep her childhood home, Winnover Hall, and give him the perfect wife for furthering his political career. Emmeline succeeds in becoming the perfect society wife in all aspects except for one: to keep Winnover, they must have heirs, and in their absence, she invents a son and daughter. When they must all appear at a family gathering eight years later, the plan falls apart, but their questionable scheme to temporarily adopt some orphans will turn them from partners into family. Although this is ostensibly a second-chance romance, the growing romantic relationship between Will and Emmy is given secondary importance to their relationship with the children they come to love. The book makes the case that the Pershing family will not be complete without the two wayward children, and that family is more than blood.
VERDICT This will appeal to readers who are looking for a light romance that centers children and parenthood as integral to a happy relationship.
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