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When her father dies and leaves her completely destitute, Marion can think of only one thing to do--make a new life for herself. Commencing a life of duplicity, Marion transforms herself into Mary Wood--governess. In possession of a forged letter of recommendation and cloaked in the anonymity of her new identity, she enters a life of self-imposed servitude as teacher and caretaker of young Miss Caroline Jonquil of Farland Meadows. Her idyllic daydream vision of life at the Meadows is dashed when she finds a child desperately in need of hope and a cold and sorrowful home haunted by the past. With her characteristic sunny disposition, Marion casts her spell upon the household and slowly brings to life the long-forgotten joy of those within.
Layton Jonquil is a man tormented by the lies surrounding the death of his late wife, but he cannot deny his growing attraction for the beautiful governess whose goodness and optimism have touched his dormant heart. Their connection grows ever stronger, and despite the impropriety of harboring feelings for a servant, Layton's heart whispers that this is the woman he's destined to love. But when Layton's fears about the past become too much to bear and the falsehoods in which they are entangled threaten to shatter his and Marion's blossoming attachment, will true love conquer all?
- Size: 6" x 9"
- Pages: 192
- Published: 12/2012
- Book on CD: Unabridged
About the Author
Sarah M. Eden is the author of several well-received historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone (2008) and Courting Miss Lancaster (2010). Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary Agency.
by Heather - reviewed on January 21, 2013
Great fun! Layton and Marion are the perfect tortured and misunderstood characters. Little Caroline was a delight! Readers of Sarah M Eden will love catching up with yet another Jonquil brother.
A good, clean Regency Romance!
by Sierra - reviewed on April 08, 2013
This book was a Regency-era twist on Charlotte Bronte's Gothic novel "Jane Eyre", at least that's what it seemed like to me. I love Jane Eyre. So, it was a good book, but didn't seem completely original. But she's a pretty good writer, so I enjoyed it.
by Shauna - reviewed on January 11, 2013
I LOVE Sarah Eden's writings! Her characters banter with each other as a humorous way to flirt... For you see... The girl likes the guy...but thinks the guy doesn't like her. When in fact the guy likes the girl...but thinks the girl doesn't like him. So FUN to read! It makes you want to see them get together all the more :) Marion, or Mary as she decided to be called, has been hired on a governess to Miss Caroline... Layton, is still grieving the loss of his wife...but finds himself joyful when he is around Mary. But it is improper for the Lord of the house to marry the child's governess... Can they find a way... Filled with love and romance and humor-- A must read for anyone who believes in "happily ever afters."
by Julie - reviewed on January 23, 2013
Possibly my favorite of Sarah M. Eden's books. Nicely paced and well-written, I loved both of the main characters--and especially the way their backgrounds bring so much depth to the story. The romance is engaging and believable, and I loved the relationship between Marion and the little girl. I had to smile every time I read the name Flip. Eden does a great job researching her facts, and she really brings Regency England to life in an enjoyable and accessible way. Sometimes Regency Romances try too hard to sound Austenesque, but Eden adds just enough authentic language to keep the setting real without detracting from the story. Anyone who is a fan of Jane Eyre will love this book!
Drops of Gold
by Customer - reviewed on March 05, 2013
This is book 2 in the Jonquil series and definitely more serious than in first. Layton, a widower and father of a four year old, has carried a heavy burden for several years now. The lively Marion(Mary Wood) is now a governess to a four year old, Miss Caroline and is hiding a secret. Characters are interesting and well rounded. I enjoyed re-visiting the characters from Friends & Foes. My reasons for the 4 stars: romance felt rushed, when the heroine's secret was exposed it was quickly breezed over.
by Melissa - reviewed on January 25, 2013
Ahhhhhhh...... I love Sarah Edens books:} They are just perfect. I love the love story and the little twist on one of my favorite novels Jane Eyer. I don't know if the author was trying to remake Jane Eyer as her own but this book reminded me a lot of that one but was so different I felt like I was reading a new story. The background, the characters, the tension, the flow of the book is all done so well. The only little glitch in my happiness is trying to figure out the brothers and which love story I have read in other books. I guess I'll just have to buy them all and re-read everyone:}