Having grown up on the mean streets of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is used to fighting to survive.
So when her beloved mother—abandoned and ignored by her wealthy family—suddenly dies, the scrappy twenty-two-year-old devises a plan to right this terrible wrong. With nothing to lose, she sails to New York to find the man who turned a cold shoulder to her mother’s suffering: Caroline’s grandfather. To settle the family score, Caroline infiltrates her grandfather’s privileged world, hoping to sabotage his business from the inside. But as she sets her plot in motion, she meets Jackson Montgomery, a virtuous man who is struggling to recover from a family scandal of his own. As their friendship grows, and Caroline begins to piece together the motives that led her family to turn its back, she is forced to make a decision: Should she risk everything in the name of justice? Or can she look toward the future and let love and forgiveness guide her instead?
This book started out a bit slow for me in the beginning, but the characters, and lively banter carried the story well until the plot thickened. I enjoyed getting to know Caroline and discovering with her the family secret that has the potential to destroy her fledgling relationship with them along with her new found confidence.
I appreciated the faith thread woven through the story and the focus on forgiveness. The character that seemed to have the most growth was Jackson as he learned what true forgiveness looked like.
With plucky, intriguing characters and a hint of mystery, this story is a great light read for the young adult reader.
(I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.)
“Her inner kindness radiated out of her like a sunbeam splitting through a dingy cloud on a blustery day”
About the author:
Renee Ryan grew up in a small Florida beach town. Surfing didn’t work for her, but that didn’t keep her from watching others tackle the waves. To entertain herself during those countless hours of “laying-out”, she read many of the classics. It wasn’t until the summer between her sophomore and junior years at Florida State University that she read her first romance novel. Hooked from page one, she spent hours consuming one book after another while working on the best (and last!) tan of her life.
Two years later, armed with a degree in Economics and Religion, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park, a modeling agency, and a cosmetic conglomerate. She went on to teach high school Economics, American Government and Latin in between coaching award-winning cheerleading teams. Several years later, with an eclectic cast of characters swimming around in her head, she began seriously pursuing a writing career. What better excuse to avoid housework and ignore clocks?
Once an Heiress (Gilded Promises #3) expected September 2017