Description: Samantha Hastings lived a quiet, peaceful life on her family’s country estate. With no man to order her around and no stifling society rules to follow, she considered herself blessed. However, when her brother’s ship sinks during a short trip to France, Samantha receives a request from her sister-in-law to return to town and manage the late Earl’s finances. Suddenly thrust into society, Samantha faces an unfamiliar world and a pair of very familiar green eyes.
Lord Benjamin Westwood never intended on following through with his rash promise to his best friend. Now, with Edward’s death, Benjamin becomes the unwilling guardian to Edward’s bratty little sister, who has grown up considerably since the last time they met. His intention to marry her off to the first available suitor is thwarted when he finds himself falling for Samantha’s unique demeanor. He lights upon the perfect plan; a marriage of convenience, giving him the opportunity to romance Samantha without distraction.
However, when they discover Edward’s disappearance was due to foul play, Benjamin’s perfect plan begins to quickly unravel. Now, Samantha is in more danger than either of them realized and Benjamin is running out of time.
Review by Maggie 5 Stars
So here's the deal: I love me some Austen-esque, period drama. Toss me a book with a moody British guy, a mouthy heroine, and the intensity that ensues between them as they bicker and try to mark their independence, and I am one happy reader. Since this book falls under the Romance category and wasn't written in the 18th or 19th century, the details are much juicier and avoid the subtleties of those times, which admittedly is a bonus for me. Add to that a suspenseful plot of murder and intrigue, and you've officially got me hooked and binge-reading late into the night.
My only disappointment - which the author will not find disappointing at all - was the cliffhanger at the end. I found myself clawing for more pages to know what happens next, or more specifically in my case since it was on an eReader, I was frantically assaulting the button to go to the next page to no avail. I guess I might just have to get book two of the Wiltshire Chronicles!
Great characters, exciting storyline, totally hooked.