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Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, The Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unnoticed proves impossible, and in one desperate moment, she embarks on the greatest act of her life when she throws herself into the arms of a stranger to avoid recognition.
Lucas Jennings is shocked to find the stunning redhead in his arms, but something moves him to play along with her ruse when she calls him her husband. This charade marks the start of an unpredictable journey as he escorts the lovely Lavinia and her traveling companions to Primrose Farm, far from the glaring lights of London. Soon, the tables are turned when Lucas introduces Lavinia to his family—as his fiancée. Before long, their mutual deception begins to feel all too real. But when the truth of her past is revealed, will Lavinia’s dream of a happy ending slip through her fingers?
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Finally, Ruby Chadwick will no longer exist!
As Lavinia was making her escape, things did not go as plan. Her cohorts were not at he planned destination.
Oh, No! One of the Earl of Cosgroves minions was there and, even through her disguise, recognized her! Desperate, she threw herself at one lone man, in deep thought, sprawled at a table across the room. She declared him her awaited for husband. He looked at her but before he could show his surprise, he saw the pleading look in her eyes so played along.
He persuaded the other man to treat his "wife" with more respect than to gawk at her and they went upstairs to his room. He soon realized the other man wasn''t leaving the hotel, realizing he had put himself in a very compromising situation.
As a gentleman, he slept on the floor and escorted the "lady" to her companions the next day. They were anxiously awaiting their "lady"...having gone to the wrong hotel.
When assessing the situation and realizing they were going the direction he was, Lucas decided it it wise to accompany them...and perhaps get some answers.
As the journey moved forward, even more adventures began!
This is a wonderful book in realizing how appearance can be so misleading, how often others' judgments can ruin lives or force one to be what he/she would not otherwise be, and of self-respect and endurance.
The Cover was attractive and nice but not really portraying the content of the story. The Title was okay but not totally depicting the tale. It can be misleading.
The characters are very well-developed and become very "real". The scenes are well portrayed.
The beginning felt slightly awkward but soon the 'flow' went well throughout the rest of the tale.
I Give it a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted to me with ni request for a positive review. This is my honest review.