Always Come Home
Emerson series Book 1
by Maureen Driscoll (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 317 pages
Pub Mar 6, 2014
GoodReads Summary:From the author of the Kellington series of Regency romances, comes the first novel about the Emerson family.
Colin Emerson, the Earl of Ridgeway, has two unmarried sisters and a mountain of debt incurred by his late father. He has no choice but to marry an heiress. It is most unfortunate, therefore, when he falls in love with a penniless governess.
Ava Conway has been making her way in the world since the death of her father. She takes a position as the governess to Lord Ridgeway's sisters but finds her growing attachment to the earl threatens his family's future.
Bound by honor, torn by love, can Colin do right by his sisters while following his heart?
WARNING: This book contains explicit sexual content and adult situations. You will not like this book if you don't like either of those two things.
First response: I wish we had half stars, I'd give this 3 1/2 stars. It was good with lots of interesting characters that will make interesting reading in the following books. Rose, especially. Check my blog for a full review soon.
This was a traditional historical romance except that it has explicit sex. So, if that's not your thing, skip this one. I found it a bit gratuitous actually.
Colin may be an Earl, but being penniless with two sisters to marry off, he needs an heiress. However, his relationship with Ava is forecast all over the first few pages. He's the type to take in every wounded bird he sees. His valet is so badly scarred from burns that people don't want to be around him. Ava is not being treated well as a governess and the future at her current position looks even grimmer. Colin to the rescue! He takes along the assistant cook as well, since she's a friend of Ava's and she's not put off by his valet's scars.
So he's returning from his trip to London to find an heiress to marry without the heiress. And with two extra mouths to feed. And he finds his family is now living in the Dower House and has rented out the family mansion. At least one person in his family has some common sense! That would be Rosemary, his sister.
Rose is one of those characters that will make interesting reading in other books. Her practicality may yet save their neighbor, the Marquess of Grayson. I'm sure Colin's half-brother, Nicholas, the Earl of Layton will have a story of his own as well. As will James Emerson, Colin's younger brother with the illegitimate daughter who is half Native American.
In spite of its shortcomings, I liked this book and will try some of the author's other offerings. This was a BookBub acquisition. My honest review is offered without any compensation. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review