RAVISHING THE HEIRESS
Millicent has always known she was to have an arranged marriage. One that required duty and least of all love. However, she fell in love with her husband-to-be on sight and has never quite gotten over it. The newly titled Earl Fitzhugh, after a bit of bad luck having his cousin drop dead at the ripe old age of 32, Fitz seems to have acquired a mountain of debt and a ruinous estate along with his title. The only way out was to marry an heiress and it seemed the one picked for his late cousin is the one for the job. She's just as good as any, after all, since he can never marry the woman he truly loves, the beautiful but not wealthy, Isabelle Pelham.
Their marriage is one of convenience at first, but then, astonishingly, it slowly gives way to a deep friendship. Fitz, never realizing his wife is in love with him, carries on his duties and becomes quite successful with the help of Millie, who seems an enigma to him. Millie, meanwhile, is ever hopeful, and finally has the chance she's waited for with Fitz. However, is it too late now that Isabelle is back and Fitz doesn't really require her fortune anymore?
Grab your hankies because this one elicited a few tears along the way. Full of sorrow and unrequited love from several characters, the anguish is heart wrenching on both sides as we watch Millie and Fitz both love someone they know they cannot have. The ending, although a bit too quickly wrapped up without much fanfare, seemed to stay true to characters. Set in the late Victorian era, I enjoyed reading about the end of the 19th century. Certainly the upcoming book about Fitz' twin sister Helena Fitzhugh in October, will be eagerly anticipated!
Reviewed by: Jennifer Jones