Title: Love's Legacy
Grenada, British West Indies, 1875
English plantation owner Geoffrey Worth has misgivings about hiring an American widow as a governess. But while Geoffrey longs to forget the past—and the daughter who reminds him of it daily—there is still duty to consider. And Bellefleur, his plantation. This is his life now. Warmth, family, love; these things only bring pain. And scars he'll carry forever...
Elizabeth Malfonte is certainly not the aged widow he had anticipated. She's young and beautiful, with a determination that wakes something deep within Geoffrey. Yet Elizabeth hides her own secret―the babe within her womb. And despite Geoffrey's handsome―yet scarred face―her new employer has a cold and unforgiving nature that unsettles her, even as Elizabeth's wariness slowly heats to desire.
But the bright beauty of this land is no match for the dark, ominous clouds of the past...
Author: Joan Avery
Series: Entangled Scandalous
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: November 10, 2014
Genres: Historical Romace, Suspense
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Reading the blurb for this I was intrigued by the governess aspect. I have always loved the governess. Add in the fact that her employer is a plantation owner on a lovely tropical island, and the governess is an American, and well – I couldn’t resist? This was such an interesting premise.
Then I started to read it. I was transported back to when I discovered the joys of the Gothic romance. It was wonderful. I was reading a new version of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and/or (my personal favorite) Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt. The Gothic romance was my first introduction into the world of romance and has since held a special place in my heart.
Love’s Legacy had all the best points of a good Gothic novel! The penniless governess, of course. The lonely, unloved child. The bitter, uncaring employer. Let’s not forget, secrets all over the place. The biggest difference from the Gothic romances of my early reading was the location. A beautiful, sunny, (except during hurricane season) colorful tropical island as opposed to the dark, lonely moors of rural England. However, I do remember some of my earlier Gothic romances did also happen in more exotic places, so this did not detract for my enjoyment of the story.
What a story. The twists and turns. The slow reveal of the secrets that were held by each – and yes, the lowly governess had her secrets as well. The author did a wonderful job of weaving an intense story of intrigue and scandal. I was spell bound from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down or flip the pages fast enough.
The ending was a true Gothic ending! I loved it.
If you are a fan of the Gothic romances of The Bronte sisters or Victoria Holt, do not pass this up. It has all the dark brooding that turns to love and hope that is found in the classic Gothic novel. *sigh*
I notice, as I get ready to post this, that Love’s Legacy comes after two other books about the Worth Brothers. The other brothers are mentioned in this book, but only in passing. This was very much a stand-alone read. That being said, I liked this author well enough, that I will be checking out the others.