July 22 - 26
(Grand Central Publishing)
2013 Rita nominee
About the Author:
The youngest child of a Navy pilot and a journalist, Jennifer acquired a love of adventure and an excitement for learning that continues to this day. She’s lived in three countries and traveled throughout the United States. An avid reader of classics and historical fiction, she also enjoys biographies and histories, which she mines for the vivid details to bring to life the characters and places in her books. Her debut novel An Heiress at Heart was chosen by Grand Central Publishing to be the first inspirational romance for their Forever imprint. She resides with her husband in the southeastern United States--where, when not writing or dreaming up romantic adventures for her characters, she can be found fantasizing about her next ski trip or international vacation.
About the Book:
A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she's finally returning home, but she's still living a secret life. Her best friend Ria's dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .
A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville's world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he's invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother's young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?
Historical romance is not normally my genre of choice, so I was surprised at how easily I was drawn into this novel and how much I enjoyed it. The book starts in Australia. I liked the character Lizzie Poole, who has overcome her past mistakes and tarnished reputation to make a new life for herself. In Australia she and her brother, Tom meet up with Edward and Ria. Lizzie and Ria are struck by how much they look alike. After the death of her friend Ria, Lizzie moves to England where in deference to her friend’s wishes she assumes Ria’s life and lifestyle.
To enjoy this book, the reader needs to be prepared to accept the premise that Lizzie is able to impersonate Ria. If you don’t have a problem with this idea of assumed identity, which is explained in the novel as to how it can work, then you should enjoy this book.
Geoffrey, the main male character in the novel comes across as little stiff. But perhaps considering the time in which the story the story is set, circumstances and his previous occupation as a vicar that is to be expected.
While I enjoyed this book the ending to me seemed a little rushed and I got fed up with being told repeatedly about Lizzie’s/Ria’s violet-blue eyes. But maybe that’s just me or perhaps it is standard procedure for the genre? Those quibbles aside I enjoyed the book and it was a nice change of pace for me. It was nice to read a book without bad language and steamy sex scenes.
I didn’t read the preview at the back because I never read previews of books to come. Loved the blue dress on the cover of this book. It set the tone beautifully for what is a sweet regency romance.