Wow, a Regency that doesn't do the soiree/ball/sightseeing thing in London? It's a first for me, but I like it!
Our heroine, Gemma lives at her grandfathers' estate of Ware. There's no reference to how long she's been there, but one gathers it's been a very long time. So long, in fact, that she has assumed some of the duties of an estate steward. A situation her grandfather is not happy with.
Gemma's grandfather realizes he is dying, and asks his godson, Sebastion, Earl of Carleton to Ware to talk with him about Gemmas' future. Hugo asks Sebastion to marry Gemma!!! Sebastion, who has no plans to marry demurs, but offers to find someone for Gemma within the next three months, or he will marry her himself.
I admit, this novel, while very enjoyable, was definitely a first novel. Several areas left me wondering why put them in at all if you're going to rush to a conclusion?
1: The arrival of Charles Bellamy was initially created as a romantic interest of Gemmas' mother. I won't ruin the ending, but it just wasn't plausible.
2: Gemmas' mother was "scandalous" but there was no mention about what caused the scandal or why her mother left Gemma all those years ago? The ending provided another possibility for the appearance of scandal. I felt that was too rushed.
Gemma and Sebastion were fascinating. They both eventually realize their love for one another and the bedroom scene -while out of character for Gemma to be so direct - was good.
All in all, I look forward to more from this author.