Pushed by her dying father into a marriage with one of his friends, Charlotte Rutherford Wylde finds herself bound to an old man who disdains and ignores her. Miserable, furious, she determines to take drastic action, but before she can confront him, her husband is murdered in the dark London streets. From the moment Charlotte hears this upsetting news, she is subject to shock after shock. Her dead husband has spent the fortune she brought him, leaving her nearly penniless. His will reflects his obsession with the artifacts of ancient Rome, turning her home into a museum. And most astonishing of all, he had an entire family that he never mentioned.
The fashionable Wyldes are as surprised to hear of Charlotte’s existence as she is of theirs. To the charismatic Alec she is, at first, just another obligation in his overburdened life. He has to grapple with his dead relative’s shady business dealings, an attempted robbery, and a suspicious Bow Street Runner. But it’s not long before Alec realizes that there is nothing he would rather do than cherish the entrancing Widow Wylde.
…a near-perfect example of everything that makes this genre an escapist joy to read — Publishers Weekly
A bit of gothic suspense, a double love story and the right touches of humor and sensuality add up to this delightfully fast-paced read about second chances and love’s redeeming power. — RT Book Reviews
Ashford spices up the plot with an intriguing thread of mystery while at the same time realistically tempering the story with details about the social and political unrest of the time. — Booklist
Well-rendered, relatable characters, superb writing, an excellent sense of time and place, and gentle wit make this a romance that shouldn’t be missed. — Library Journal
This is a not to miss and highly recommended historical regency romance that follows a dark trail of murder and suspense. If you like a bit of thrill with your romance then you’ll definitely want to try this one. Night Owl Romance
Ms. Ashford has written a superbly crafted story with elements of political unrest, some gothic suspense and an interesting romance. Fresh Fiction