by Lauren Royal

April 2003
ISBN: 0-451-20831-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lily Ashcroft is the youngest of three daughters. Her oldest sister Violet is married with twins and her next older sister Rose has decided she wants to be married, and has set her sights on Lord Randal Nesbitt. When Rose makes Lily promise not to pursue Rand so she can have him, begins to think she made a big mistake.

Rand has been attracted to Lily since she was 16. Four years later, he realizes that she is now old enough for him to court her.

Lily and Rand fall in love. Rose is angry and resentful because she wanted him for herself and Lily had promised that she could have him. When she realizes that they truly love each other and are perfect together, she wishes them well.

The only obstacle in the way of Rand and Lilyís happiness is his father, William Nesbitt, the Marques of Hawkridge. When Rands brother, Alban is killed, he becomes heir to the title and he also finds out that his father expects him to marry his ward, and Albanís betrothed, Margery. The only problem was that Margery was in love and pregnant by their neighbor Bennett Armstrong, who also happens to be responsible for Albanís death. Rand, Lily and Margery are in a race against time to expose the truth of what really happened.

The characters were likable and the romance was very sweet. This is supposed to be a medieval. It takes place in England, August 1677. Unfortunately, it didnít feel that way to me. Everything was neat and clean and peaceful. The fact that he would think that she would be too young to marry at 16 was a little implausible to me considering the time period it was set in. But overall, this is a nice story with a happy ending.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Carolyn.

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