Once Upon a Maiden Lane
Maiden Lane #12.5
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher ~ Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Genres ~ Historical Romance
Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth—to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself.
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him—ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world—or in his heart.
What a perfect way to tell Mary's story. I have read all the books to this series and she has been in many of the books starting as a baby left on the doorstep. Watching her grow and mature has been delightful and her character in this book was presented in a manner that was befitting of her upbringing.
Through the many twists and turns to this story the author shows a young woman who knows who she is, what she believes in and her strength through adversity. It also emphasizes her ability to change while holding firm to how she was raised.
Lord Blackwell's character is extremely interesting. He sometimes manipulates things to his benefit but as time goes on you see a change in him where he starts to think of others happiness and what he really wants. HIs character expands as the book gets more intense and the reader will come to admire his character.
I give this book 5 STARS for fulfilling all my expectations on Mary as an adult.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
My Reviews of the Maiden Lane Series
Notorious Pleasures (#2) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Clever John (#2.5) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Scandalous Desires (#3) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Thief of Shadows (#4) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Lord of Darkness (#5) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Duke of Midnight (#6) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
A Maiden Lane Christmas Special (#6.5) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Darling Beast (#7) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Dearest Rogue (#8) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Sweetest Scoundrel (#9) ~ Review to Follow Amazon
Once Upon a Christmas Eve (#11.5) ~ My Review Amazon
Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.
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