Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.
All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth.
Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.
This delightful story captured my attention and imagination right from the start and kept me greedily turning pages late into the night. With charismatic characters and an engaging plot line, this story is one that you will want to make sure to read. The mystery behind the letters kept me guessing right until the end.
At the beginning, I found myself heart-sore for Helena, for her history and for how she felt lost and alone. As the story progressed I found myself cheering for her as she grew in confidence. She was misunderstood by her peers, and early on she had allowed the opinion of others and how they viewed her, to dictate how she saw herself. Given the opportunity to have a better circle of influence she grew and flourished. It was refreshing to watch her transformation.
What a fantastic hero we find in John. He has his shortcomings, but he also grows. He isn’t too proud or stubborn to admit when he is wrong. He is strong yet tender, he is firm yet kind. John is quite the swoon-worthy hero!
Often when we look back at history and think of the dazzling parties, the impressive mansions, and beautiful dresses worn by the wealthy. We often fail to consider what it would really be like to grow up in a home where your parents did not have an active role in raising you. Children were often closer to the nanny and the servants than to their parents. More often than not Marriages were arrangements agreed upon to make money, or to gain political power and standing. Love was often a foreign concept, often thought of as a fairytale.
I loved the tender message of God’s amazing love for us and the reminder that we are never alone. God loves us beyond our wildest imagination and is always with us. You can never stray too far away, that He isn’t there waiting for you with arms open wide.
If you enjoy sweet stories full of substance and emotion, then you won’t want to miss out on reading this book. I look forward to reading more stories from Susanne Dietze in the future and I give this fabulous story 5 stars. I encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy at your earliest convenience.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
About the Author:
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:
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A Mother for his Family (expected release Jan. 1, 2018)
The Reluctant Guardian