by Sally Britton
Series: Inglewood (Book 5)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Blue Water Books (May 16, 2020)
An arrogant lord cut-off by his family. A penniless widow in desperate need. In their reduced circumstances, can love save them both?
Lord Neil Duncan, third son of the Marquess of Alderton, finally angers his father enough to be cut off from the family. Neil believes it is only a matter of time before he is reinstated, but time is passing slowly and he needs to eat. His so-called friends have abandoned him, no one else trusts him, and it is not until he comes upon a young widow that he finds someone who needs his help as badly as he needs hers.
Teresa Clapham has been without a husband’s provision and protection for over a year. Supporting her mother and daughter on the pittance her brother-in-law provides has required her to stretch every farthing. When Lord Neil arrives at her doorstep proposing he work for her to earn his keep, she sees possibility in the man everyone else has deemed an arrogant good-for-nothing.
As Lord Neil works for the first time in his life, Teresa sees in him a tender heart long repressed by his family’s expectations – a heart that causes her own to open once more. But her brother-in-law Frederick Clapham is less charmed by Teresa’s new servant. When Lord Neil discovers the secret Mr. Clapham has been keeping, he must decide whether to embrace the man Teresa believes him to be, or fall back on the privileged lifestyle he’s always known.
Lord Neil Duncan grew up in a family where they all had their secrets and were never close. He lived a life of privileged luxury and thought nothing of making selfish decisions until out of nowhere his father cuts him off and banishes him. While being a rich, handsome, charmer earns him many friends, when he is cast out he realizes how superficial these relationships really were.
Teresa Clapham is a strong woman who has had to go through a lot after losing her gentlewoman way of life when her husband gambles away her fortune. While a likable character, she does seem a bit naive at times.
Neil is a unique sort of rake. Here is a charmer and makes poor decisions but has a soft heart and doesn’t seem malicious. Considering where he came from and knowing of some of his past from a previous book in the series Rescuing Lord Inglewood, it is surprising to see Neil’s gentleness with children and dogs. He is also a hard worker and can be incredibly vulnerable.
I enjoyed that the scenes take you to a different location than you often see during this time period. I also loved how the different animals played a part in the story.
I have been loving this series. While Reforming Lord Neil wasn’t my favorite in the series, it was a great addition. I really liked finding out more about the real Neil.
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