Ms. Hagen Lee has crafted a captivating tale of love and ambition in "Whisper Always." Christina Fairfax makes her debut before the Queen in a gown nothing short of dreadful, yet the ballroom is buzzing with her name. Slipping off to another room to rid herself of the cumbersome embellishments on her gown, Christina finds herself before Lord Blake Ashford. He sparks her thoughts and she whirls from the room only to find herself in the arms of Crown Prince Rudolph of Hapsburg-Lorraine. The Crown Prince is arrogant and Christina, not realizing who she waltzes with, speaks her mind, offending him. Only to find herself being swept away by Lord Blake Ashford. He has been her savior twice in one evening and she finds it difficult to get thoughts of him out of her mind.
Christina's upwardly mobile, thoughtlessly manipulative mother sells her daughter to the highest bidder - Crown Prince Rudolph - at auction, leaving her in need of rescuing once again. With the knowledge that Christina has been purchased by Prince Rudolph for a necklace, Lord Ashford devises a plan to rescue her once again. He rescues Christina and takes her to his house where she will be safe from her mother and the Crown Prince - but Christina and Lord Ashford are not safe from the feelings they begin to feel for one another.
Lord Ashford wars between conflicting emotions as Christina fights the attraction they both feel. But, as the passion grows between Christina and Lord Ashton, a secret from his past could destroy their hopes of future happiness. As Christina flees to Austria with Crown Prince Rudolph, Lord Blake Ashton must find a way to get through to Christina and prove his love for her is true before it is too late.
This marvelously written tale is full of well crafted characters and plot twists. A wonderful read.