Lord Dashell Lonsdale is considered one of the most eligible bachelors in London, but few -- even Lord Lonsdale himself -- know that despite appearances, his family fortune is not as secure as he believes. When a chance encounter with an unknown lady on the street shakes his seemingly stable world, the young lord has no idea how to react. She collapses at his feet, a frightened child in her arms. She is whisked away before he can even learn her name.My Thoughts:
She is Caroline, the youngest of two daughters of a family that carries a burden of secrets as well. All they know is that their mother's tongue is silenced not by pride but by fear--and she took her secret to her grave. Now Caroline lives in a house with only her stepfather to guide her.
Lord Lonsdale exploits his station to learn of her identity and where she lives. His arrival triggers an angry quarrel between Caroline and her stepfather. Horrified to have caused such tension within her family, he departs with the promise to return the next day.
But duty calls him away before he can keep his promise. He learns that, thanks to the gambling debts of his brother, his family is on the brink of financial ruin. He has no choice but to turn his attention to restoring the family's fortunes and honor. Now Caroline has her own secret to share--and what she must tell him may end their love before it can begin.
Caroline and her sister Maude go to a school called Miss Osgood's Academy for Girls and both were always suspicious that the man that their mother was married to was not their real father. Unfortunately, their mother died never telling them the truth. I can tell you that somehow Maude found out something because the day after a man showed up at their house, she fell down the stairs and broke her neck. The stable boy, Johnny, and the housekeeper Hannah felt it was no accident and when Johnny found black string tied to the banisters he knew she had not fallen by accident.
As for Lord Lonsdale, he found out by overhearing a conversation at his Aunt Letty's house that his brother Walden had a gambling debt of 60,000 pounds. He was so lost in his thoughts as to what to do about it that he encountered Caroline on the street while not paying attention. But, once he saw her lovely face, he was mesmerized and forgot to ask her what her name was. He did get the address of where the carriage was taking her though.
Lord Lonsdale visits Caroline and they begin to fall in love. One day her stepfather came home and found him there and caused an ugly scene calling her all kinds of ugly names. This finally is the last straw and Caroline confronts him and that is when she learns that he is not her real father, just a stepfather. This causes another arguement about her seeing Lord Lonsdale and her stepfather forbids her to see him again. She defies him and next thing she knew he was beating her with his cane, breaking her arm, cutting her face and leaves her laying there.
The stepfather has Hannah, the housekeeper carry her to her room and locks her in and brings him the key. But, Hannah loves Caroline and tells Johnny the stable boy to run as fast as he can and tell Lord Lonsdale that he needs to come and get them all out of that house immediately. He does come and rescues her and takes her to his Aunt Letty's house.
I am going to stop there because I don't want to tell you everything about the book. I did leave large gaps here and there in between how things happened also. I normally will tell you a little more, but when I found out that I was going to be able to give 2 of these books away in a giveaway, I decided to not reveal as much as I normally do.
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