This Regency romance swept me away right from the first page. Ms. Portman skillfully weaves a touching story with a dash of wit, strong characters, and wonderful prose.
The story is about Lady Emmaline Shaw and John Brantwood, the Duke of Worley. The latter disappeared after his engagement to Emmaline, leaving the ton to speculate about his hurried departure. He’s thought a casualty of war until he reappears four years later.
Since Emmaline doesn’t know why John left, she harbors resentment toward him, blaming him for the gossip she endured after he left London—many presume he ran away to war to avoid marriage to her. And though John was not a fan of the betrothal four years ago, now, in need of a wife, he is committed to winning Emmaline’s hand and offers her a marriage of convenience.
However, the once timid Emmaline has blossomed into a strong and independent woman who is not so easily swayed.
In addition to the well-drawn out plot, the secondary characters are multi-dimensional, especially John’s sister, Charlotte. She’s a spitfire, having been raised in America. Ah, those rash and opinionated Americans! 😊
So, if you are looking for a satisfying Regency romance, I highly recommend The Reunion, which won the 2015 historical category in Romance Writers of America’s® Golden Heart® contest.
The Reunion is available for pre-order and will be released on September 26, 2017, from Lyrical Press. Buy your copy through Kensington Publishing or click the book cover above to go to Amazon.