Summary from Goodreads:
Lady Elizabeth Bennington has the perfect life: she’s the daughter of an earl and betrothed to her childhood friend, William Hartley, the second son of a duke. But, when her sister’s indiscretion leads to an unplanned pregnancy, and the subsequent disgrace of Elizabeth’s entire family, her idyllic life is thrown into disarray.
First, her fiancé is prohibited from marrying her. Then she receives word that William has been killed by thieves. To top it all off, she gets abducted by a highwayman. Can Elizabeth find love again, and with the most unlikely of people?
Lately I have been trying to get back into historical romance novels and so I’m happy that I was given the chance to read this one.
I really liked this story right off the bat. The characters instantly came to life and I instantly really liked all of them. Elizabeth was a strong woman who had accepted her place in life, this is my favorite type of historical romance heroine. I just love when the female is too “old” by the standards of society in the past but yet that woman always knows more about life and has learned many things from being at the edges of all the society functions her whole life. I feel like these heroines are the best because they are not the young flowers who can so easily be wooed by the leading man. Speaking of leading men, William was a great character as well and I only wish that I had gotten to see even more about him before the book ended.
Ultimately the book was pretty short at about 50 pages but I still feel I got a great story and great characters out of it. I would recommend this story to someone who is looking for a good novella to mix it up between those long novels. I only wish that I was able to spend more time with the characters. I will certainly be keeping my eyes open for future books by this author.