The Valet’s Secret

Shadow Mountain. Mar. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781629729893. pap. $15.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Kenneth Winterton never expected to be the heir to his family’s earldom, but with his cousin’s sudden death, he is headed to Wakefield to begin his tutelage as such with his uncle. He is chafing at the new restrictions this has put on his freedom, and a rebellious horse ride across the countryside has him crashing into a woman who sparks something in him that he never expected to feel again. Rebecca Parker is almost run down by a horse but is caught off guard by its rider when he treats her so gently, and they share an unexpected kiss on the roadside. It was when she learns the rider is not the valet that he said he was that she truly counts herself a fool, even as she continues cherishing every chance encounter they have.
VERDICT Hand to readers who love a case of mistaken identity and romances that cross class lines; they’ll be sure to enjoy Kenneth and Rebecca’s electric encounters. Kilpack’s (“A Proper Romance” series) Regency novel is full of heartfelt emotion, along with intriguing drama, and will be a sweet fairy tale for readers who can appreciate what it means to find late-in-life lovee.
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