Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo The cast of characters in this story were delightful! Janna MacGregor has a way with words that draws the reader in and makes you want to jump straight into the pages. This is the 5th book in her Cavensham Heiresses series, and I have to say it's one of my favorites. It certainly encourages me to continue reading what comes next, and I can't wait to find out.
Lady Theodora Worth has been sheltered all her life, cared for by her ailing grandfather on a remote estate, hidden away from high society. When her grandfather passes, she inherits an old Scottish title, the Countess of Eanruig, but the heir of her grandfather's ducal title challenges her rights to it. Under English law, only male heirs can inherit, but Scottish titles can be passed on to females. It's the ducal heir's belief that the title belongs to him and not to her. Determined to continue living at Ladykyrk and caring for their tenants, Theodora is advised to get engaged...and quickly. She enlists the help of her neighbor, who believes she has the perfect solution - her nephew, Lord William Cavensham. Jilted in love years earlier, William has no interest in ever getting married. But he can't help being moved by Theodora's situation, and he endeavors to help her. As they become better acquainted, William becomes enamored, but it remains to be seen if he can win Theodora's heart.
Having been hidden away so long, Theodora's character was very naïve, and this made it both endearing and frustrating. I felt so bad for her and was happy she had William to protect her, but at times she made some bad decisions that made me question just how naïve she truly was. She also seemed to take to lessons of seduction quite well, because about halfway through the book she became very forward with William. It felt a bit abrupt. Nonetheless, I loved her character and felt she and William were a perfect match for each other. William had been hurt so long ago, and I was glad to see he hadn't become so bitter to hate all women. That frequently happens in romance novels. Instead, William sought to protect those around him, particularly Theodora, and I admired his resolve. The lack of communication between them was a bit frustrating, and I wished that William had declared his feelings for Theodora sooner. Eventually things worked out, of course, and I was happy in the end.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series! Janna MacGregor never ceases to surprise me in the best of ways.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**