Setting ? Ireland ? England 1838 --- In the third installment of the Marquess of Templeston Heirs trilogy, Christopher ?Kit? George Ramsey has grown up and come into one of his inheritances. Along with two of his life-long best friends he travels to Ireland to both claim his inheritance as the Earl of Kilgannon, and as he laughingly joked ?find his destiny?. What he did find along with his title, and a beautiful castle, was a newly acquired ward. Initially he assumed that the ward would be a young girl and all he?d need would be to hire a governess, etc. What he discovered instead, was that his ?ward? was a stunningly beautiful young woman. In addition, and according to Father Francis, Mariah?s dying mother had made him promise on her deathbed that he would see to it that Mariah?s guardian, the Earl of Kilgannon, make sure that her daughter be given a seasons debut. Now, this was going to be quite a feat since his ward had been raised in the convent, her only accomplishment was as a heavenly head baker and she had virtually no training at all in the society rules that governed the ton.
Having been brought up in a convent since the age of six, Mariah Shaughnessy, kept alive in her heart, the memory of young boy she?d met 14 years earlier. That young boy, who of course was Kit, at the advanced age of eight had then kissed her and promised he?d return to marry her when they were all grown up. Naturally, they did not recognize each other and he had never known her name and although she knew the boy?s name to be Kit, as a grownup everyone was now referring to him as Lord Kilgannon. Before they realized their bond and childhood connection Kit and Mariah were falling in love. It looked to be clear sailing until a buried memory of Mariah?s surfaced, both in her mind and in the flesh, that threatened their dreams of a happily ever after.
I believe that the author saved this third book, which really should have been the second novel in this trilogy, as the best for last. It would be hard to find two more deserving or sweeter protagonists. Kit?s boyhood and lifelong friends, who played wonderful supporting characters, were what everyone should wish for in true to life friends. The humor aspect, using Mariah?s frankness and confessions to Father Francis were a definite hoot! Disclosing the contents of letters from deceased parents of both Kit and Mariah ? both of these ?orphans? were apprised of the deep and abiding love of being wanted and cherished ? and yes, the reader can expect these letters to definitely bring tears to your eyes. Once again, the reader is treated to an enormously happy, sweet and very charming ?fairy tale? romance that most romance lovers certainly dream about. Bottom line ? this was an enormously satisfying and sweet romance sure to bring a little joy to your heart. --- Marilyn Rondeau, Official Reviewer for www.historicromancewriters.com ---