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VINE VOICEon 8 November 2011
I'm going to quote the back cover otherwise I'll give the story away:

"When plain and proper Thea Bainbridge stumbles upon a baby in the manger of her church's nativity, she is understandably shocked. Discovering a brooch beearing the insignia of Gabriel, Lord Morecombe, hidden amongst the child's clothing, she is certain the dissolute rake is to blame. Incensed, Thea sets out to reproach the arrogant lord...
Gabriel is intrigued by the vivacity in Thea's flashing grey eyes when she accuses him of fathering the orphan, even as he adamently maintains his innocence. The brooch is one he remembers all too well, however, and Gabriel is determined to find the missing mother of the child".

Thea is the daughter and sister of vicars. She has been told all her life by her father that she is plain, and indeed in comparison to her pretty elder sister, now married, she is. Intelligent, well educated as far as girls can be in those times, well read, and with a pithy tongue on her, Thea has become resigned, although not happy, about her lot in life. Her father refused to pay for her coming out as he stated that it would be a waste of money and he needed her to help him at home. He also stated that it was "a pity that she wasn't a boy, as she could then have gone to university. Brains were a waste on a girl". Cruel, but also true then, as girls weren't allowed into the universities or professions. Having had it drummed into her for years that she is plain, 27 year old Thea now dresses the part.

Very enjoyable book, although a bit slow to start. However, after page 50 it gets going.
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on 9 March 2013
An enjoyable read in which we meet Thea and Gabriel and discover how they meet and fall in love.
I really like the fact that the reader is allowed access into both their minds. So many romance novels are written from one or other perspective so it is always nice to hear what the other person is thinking, however The author seems to have written less form Gabriel's perspective the further into the story you get, which I found mildy annoying. But I did enjoy the story and the transformation of Thea.
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on 13 March 2013
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good read and enjoys historical novels. Found so captivating I could not put it down.
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on 14 July 2014
All are good and arrived on time
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