New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath pens another richly satisfying romance in her Sins for all Seasons series.
She’s looking for a nobleman to wed…
Though born out of wedlock, Fancy Trewlove is determined to fulfill her mother’s wish that she marry into nobility. Fancy’s keen intellect and finishing school manners make her the perfect wife for any gentleman—if he’s willing to overlook her scandalous lineage. But Fancy’s plans are thrown into chaos when an intriguing commoner begins visiting her bookshop—and she finds herself unable to stop thinking about him.
He’s looking to escape his title…
Widowed just a year ago, the reclusive Matthew Sommersby, Earl of Rosemont, has been besieged by women hoping to become his next wife. Desperate for anonymity, he sheds Society life to search for the peace that eludes him. Fancy’s shop is his one refuge, until the night their passion erupts into a kiss that nearly leads to her ruin—and leaves both longing for much more.
Together, they discover an unlikely love…
As Fancy finds herself torn between her family’s expectations and her growing feelings for Matthew, secrets are exposed—secrets that force Fancy to question if she can trust her heart’s desire…
The Earl Takes a Fancy by Lorraine Heath was similar to a Jane Austen novel. I loved that Jane Austen vibe that I got from the characters. Inside, readers will be taken on a journey of a wealthy yet titled man who was burned by his wife. Matthew fell in love with a woman and was tricked by her into marriage. He wanted to marry his wife but not for the same reasons. He loved her. She wanted his wealth and title. Since her death, Matthew found a note from his dead wife leading women to flock to him. Matthew has no intention of falling for another woman full of deceit.
Then there was Fancy. A woman born from common parents. A father who didn’t want her and a mother who loved her and the other by-blows she took into their home. Fancy was raised by her siblings (the other people’s by-blows) to be a proper lady. They worked hard training her for her future life. The siblings want nothing but a better life style for their sister.
I fell in love with the siblings and the main protagonists. It was hard not to like them all. Lorraine Heath showed how loving a child and being kind towards others can impact someone’s life. Those themes made this a beautiful story. It wasn’t about the wealth or luxury or titles offered but about family, love, and hope for a better future.
The Earl Takes a Fancy got its title from Matthew who ended up taking a fancy to one amazing lady, Fancy.
This was a heartfelt, charming and romantic read. I also loved how much the leading female character loved books! She is my new ultimate favorite heroine!