Lady Rose Thornton never expected to find a half-naked man in her garden. The handsome Irishman claims to be the Earl of Ashton, but was he truly robbed by thieves? Or is he merely an impoverished stranger lying to her?
After losing everything during the potato famine, Iain Donovan is searching for a wife whose dowry will save his estate. Lady Rose is beautiful, witty, and unable to walk, after an illness stole her strength. Rose agrees to help Iain find a wife, if he will help her learn to take her first steps.
As their friendship takes root and blossoms into something more, secrets about Iain’s birthright threaten the growing feelings between them. He has no right to love a woman like Rose, who deserves a better life than he can give her. Rose believes that there is more to Iain than a broken past, and she brings light to his shadows.
And within the walls of a secret garden, sometimes miracles can happen…
Titles in the Earls Next Door series include: Good Earls Don’t Lie – What The Earl Needs Now –
Title: Good Earls Don’t Lie
Series: Earls Next Door #1
Author: Michelle Willingham
Published: September 27, 2016
My Rating: 4 stars
Good Earls Don’t Lie is the delightful journey of Iain and Rose from strangers to friends, and friends to loved ones. Iain is the second son, the “spare heir” that is so often overlooked in importance, that is until his brother’s death brought the Earldom to his hands in the midst of the worst famine in Ireland’s history. His mother has always kept him somewhat hidden, rarely acknowledging him to anyone outside of family and close friends. Now that he is the head of the family with all of the responsibilities of keeping not only his estate afloat but his tenants alive. dear ;loving mother has taken his younger sisters off to America probably in the hopes of snaring millionaires as their husband. Iain has little time to fret and worry about his mother’s actions for he must find a wealthy wife to help his people survive. At the invitation of Rose’s grandmother, Iain has come to England… only to be robbed of his possessions and his ability to prove who he is. What began as a desperate search for a wife has become a determination to prove who he is, engage a lovely lady in at the least friendship and hopefully win her heart eventually. Iain has a rough road ahead for Rose has her heart set on an unworthy man, and circumstances will just as often work against them as for them.
There were moments when Good Earls Don’t Lie had me chuckling out loud, shaking my head in frustration and rooting for the underdog to win his lady fair. I found Iain charming from the start and definitely wanted his happy ending. Rose was, at times, a bit frustrating. She’d lost the use of her legs during an illness. She’s hoping that the man she has her heart set on will offer marriage, but since he’s in London and has never come to call or seems to care about her at all – well, I have no idea why she’d want him for a husband for he’s obviously showing his true nature now that she’s in need of help. I liked her, but it was Iain who stole this storyline for me.
I’m glad I followed my own advice and searched out the first story in the Earls Next Door series – I have a NetGalley ARC of the second story in this series due out in late October, 2017. So reading this one did set the stage for the series for me. I’d recommend this story for any Regency Romance reader. It’s full of interesting characters, a bit of a mystery, strangers who turn out to be the perfect fit… all around a very good story that I enjoyed. Now I’m even more excited to begin What The Earl Needs Now, releasing this October.
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