Compared to the other members of her family Miss Laura Endicott is quite an odd little duck. She mixes potions and poultices and genially administers her healing touch to a menagerie of animals. She also believes a wise woman’s prophecy that she will marry a man named Julian. She readily accepts this and ‘nurses a tendre’ for her neighbor, Viscount Julian Temple, Lord Sandhurst. Unfortunately, Julian seems to be the worst sort of cad.
The discovery of a gravely wounded stranger in her meadow prompts Laura to take a closer look at her absent beau. It soon becomes clear that someone is looking for the mysterious gentleman - and it is not to wish him well.
Daniel has returned to England to claim his rightful title and expose the sham that skulks on the Sandhurst estate. But falling in love with Laura was not part of the plan. Daniel is attracted to the gentle beauty with the remarkably warm touch and boundless compassion. The alarming news that this innocent young woman has promised to marry the self-centered Julian Temple spurs Daniel into finding a way to prevent a totally unacceptable match. Julian’s actions seem all that is proper but his motives are questionable indeed. Daniel’s only other obstacle is Laura herself. He will have to prove to her that true love really is her destiny but to him not Julian.
Lord Sandhurst’s Surprise was a delightful read from its quirky heroine to its story book ending. The spice of a gentile adventure lends this story a refreshing breath of spring air. You will fall in love with the lively characters in the world of Mariah Greene in this sequel to The Ashcroft Curse.