by Adele Ashworth

October 1998
ISBN: 0-515-12369-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

My Darling, Caroline is captivating, compelling and thoroughly enthralling. I LOVE these characters.

Caroline is a brilliant woman who thought her life was just about to be perfect. Then she's forced to marry Brent Ravenscroft, Earl of Weymouth. Brent doesn't want to get married but he too is forced into the marriage.

All Carolyn wants is to be left alone to attend Columbia University in America. All her life Caroline has wanted to be accepted for who she is, but in England in the 1800s there just weren't many people willing to accept a woman who'd been able to do complex mathematics in her head by the age of eight. So, she devises a plan to heed her father's wish that she marry and get to America and Columbia U.

What Caroline hadn't planned on was falling in love with her abrasive, cynical husband. And Brent, who'd just come back from warring against the French, had never planned to trust a woman much less love one.

A great deal of this book is about trust. Brent doesn't trust the world to be fair and he doesn't trust a woman to love him and never leave him. He's an emotionally scarred man, but it's the way his feelings are presented to you that makes this character so interesting. Ms. Ashworth spreads everything out for the reader to see. You know what Brent is thinking so you understand his actions. I completely connected with both of these characters.

Brent and Caroline changed each other's world and as you read and get to know these two compelling characters and Brent's young daughter, Rosalyn, you'll realize, as I did, that this book is a keeper. And one you'll want to read over and over again.

Reviewed in December 2001 by JaToya.

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