Ella Merriweather has watched her sisters grow up and fall madly in love with men that cherish and adore them. She wants to find that kind of love. However, she’s saddled with taking care of their dying father on the farm where she was left behind so easily.
When she went to her older sister’s wedding, she had met a man, Alcott Dumont, and he was intoxicatingly handsome. She was immediately taken by his charms and began to fanaticize about a life with him. Unfortunately, a year later and he has never come to court her like she so desperately dreamed about.
One evening, William Benedict, her sister Elisabeth’s previous fiancé, shows up and is ready to whisk her away. She nearly relinquishes in to settling with a man like William for he is handsome and could take care of her. However, William has other plans for Ella. Plans that involve revenge, her sought after virginity, and a vendetta at having lost his prior fiancée to Lord Thomas.
Will Ella fall in love with William despite the circumstances that have brought them together? Is her destiny to become Mrs. Benedict?
Or will someone, the man she was once charmed, by decide to show up and win her heart over just in time?
Finally! Finally, we get Ella’s story. I’ve been so curious about how her story would play out. I have to admit, I was on the fence about William coming back. Ever since I really got to know him in becoming Lady Thomas, I was not his fan. I had good reason for not liking him and I was even more sure of those feelings when I read this book. I’m not going to go into any more of the details about this book, because I don’t want to give anything away. Let’s just say that the phrase “Things aren’t as they seem” definitely apply’s here.
You are pulled into Ella’s story from the first page. Her story is captivating. Her character grows and transforms so much. My heart hurt for her, for the things she had to experience. I for one, devoured this book. I read it in under two hours. I just wanted to know more about Ella. Her story was one of romance, suspense, murder and steam. This book had so many great twists and turns and I loved every second of it. K. Webster, you have definitely made me a fan of historical romance!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the author, in exchange for an honest review*