by Sian Ann Bessey
Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (April 5, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524414719
ISBN-13 : 978-1524414719
Alexander Allerton, the Earl of Bloxley’s, greatest desire is to alleviate the suffering of the poor and less fortunate of England. So when his hackney carriage is involved in an accident that results in the death of one of those he is determined to help, he is devastated. Alexander vows to keep the promise he makes to the injured woman as she takes her final breaths: he will not rest until he finds her young son.
After a crippling accident years ago, Jane Hadford is accustomed to being largely ignored at social events. But being overlooked has allowed her to hone her observational skills and she quickly perceives that all is not well with the handsome Lord Bloxley. When an unexpected opportunity arises to talk to the earl, he surprises them both by sharing with her his fruitless search for the child. Touched by Lord Bloxley’s story and by his desire to make things right, Jane determines to help him fulfill his promise. What she cannot anticipate, however, is that the quest she has chosen to undertake will bring into her life a small boy who will steal her heart and a gentleman who might well do the same.
Jane Hadford has not only had to adjust to life after an accident, but her parents treat her from both sides of the extreme because of it. Her father treats her as entirely too fragile and doesn’t want to allow her to do anything on her own. While her mother acts like her injuries shouldn’t be a hindrance at all.
I always like when people aren’t perfect, and they have flaws. It is far more realistic. As someone who suffers from a number of chronic diseases, I also feel drawn to characters who are considered “broken”.
Alexander Allerton really is an uncommon earl. He fights for causes he believes in rather than just looking good for appearances. He also sees a person for who they really are. His scenes with Asher are some of the sweetest. Asher is just too cute!
I had mixed feelings about the end. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it seems to take away from things when there is a quick fix or everything works out so well in the end. It left me a little disappointed.
I love the historical details in this book about the chimney sweep act and the founding hospital. I also liked how the hero and the heroine are brought together by such a worthy cause.