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Seamstress turned heiress
on 18 February 2008
Prudence is a seamstress whose illegitimacy has meant she lives rather on the margins of society. When she meets the Duke of St Cyres she thinks he is wonderful but of course a seamstress is nothing to an aristocrat. However when Prudence discovers she is due to inherit an amazing sum of money, is now an heiress, she begins to wonder if she could have him. Rhys de Winter, the duke, has discovered that Prudence is an heiress and yet he thinks the only way to get her to marry him is to woo her the traditional way; if she thinks him a fortune hunter she won't marry him so he pretends that he doesn't know. Of course building lies upon lies is always likely to cause a problem in the end...
This was an enjoyable and readable story set in the time of Queen Victoria. Prudence was a great character, a self-contained and yet also romantic girl whose motives are good and whose opportunities in life suddenly become so much greater. St Cyres is a typical rake who is hiding a terrible family secret but he sees in Prudence a chance for love and a woman that he can settle down with. Historicity was reasonable in this novel although the dialogue occasionally slipped into modern American words and phrases which was rather jarring. There was nothing particularly new in this story but it was a pleasant enough read.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008