on January 1st 2004
Pages: 386 pages
Amazon • Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
She gave him her innocence…
Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable—John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside…an exile from London society…and he took her love.
…and he took her love.
Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned—more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll…or risk everything for his first, and only, love.
Lady Aline Marsden made an inexcusable faux pas; she fell in love with the help, John McKenna. Even though they grew up together, Aline was the daughter of the Westcliff, while McKenna was a bastard and stable boy at the Westcliff estate. When Aline’s father found out about the affair, he threatened to ruin McKenna, but Aline convinced her father that she would get rid of McKenna.
Twelve years later, Aline and her sister Olivia live with their older brother Marcus, the current Lord of Westcliff. McKenna and his business partner Gideon Shaw came to town for a business deal. It became clear that business wasn’t the only purpose for McKenna’s visit. Would Aline and McKenna get a second chance?
Even though this was Aline’s story, it was also her sister Olivia’s story. Olivia and Aline were victims of indiscretions that tainted them in the eyes of the ton. However, with the support of their loving brother Marcus, the two ladies were very close and surprising resilient. But love has a way of forcing one to confront and deal with one’s vulnerabilities. Aline and Olivia had to fight to get a second chance at happiness.
Other than the Westcliff name and a mention of Harry Rutledge, this book didn’t quite feel like a Wallflower book, but it was as enjoyable as the other Lisa Kleyaps HRs. I was really reminded of all the shallowness and vanity that rule the ton. I was also reminded that love can still survive a decade of separation. I just can’t help wondering what the couples would have done if America (New York City) wasn’t an option for residence. Was their love strong enough for them to face the ton daily?