About Engaging the Heiress by Juli D. Revezzo
Mr. Edwin Hetherington needs a fiancée he will never have to marry. Years ago, his family lost everything to an unscrupulous Irish landlord. Now, the fellow offers to make amends by reinstating Edwin’s family title and properties forfeited during the famine, if he weds Miss Jera Camden, a young woman Edwin pines for but has never approached with more than polite conversation.
As far as Jera is concerned, so long as she manages to avoid an unwanted Scottish-born suitor of her mother’s choosing, the bluestocking is happy to play the part of Edwin’s blushing bride-to-be.
Can Edwin and Jera dupe the crafty landlord into making good on his promise before the wedding date arrives … or will their best-laid plans result in disaster?
Review of Engaging the Heiress
It was easy to like the main characters Edwin Hetherington and Jera Camden. They are friends and both would like more, but social circumstances make that possibility seem farfetched. That is until Miles Vassyr comes along. Vassyr makes an offer to help Edwin, in exchange for Edwin’s help. There are two aspects to the deal. Vassyr wants an architect and he wants to retore Edwin’s family title. Vassyr’s motivation is confusing. He wants an architect, but his heath is failing and may never live to see the the complete project. He wants to make amends for what happened in Ireland, but why? I never really figured Vassyr out.
The Hetherington family history is only vaguely explained. Which means I also did not understand how a title would be restored. The subtleties of British titles and how they are bestowed is often lost on this American.
Regardless, I still enjoyed the story. Like I say, Edwin and Jera are lovely characters whose lives end up taking a turn they did not expect. Dealing with the unscrupulous Mr. Vassyr and his creepy nephew challenge the pair. Almost as challenging is treading among society (including an aggrieved former suitor) and Jera’s family. The title is a bit of a giveaway regarding certain events, however those events are not evident until they happen.
Engaging the Heiress is the second book in the Camden Girls series. The books have overlapping characters and some aspects of the plot are interconnected. It might help to read book 1 first, but it is not necessary.
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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