|Nobleman Winston Beaumont loses his heart when he sees Eve Purity bathing beneath the moonlight, and wants to get to know her. She is interested in him, but is unwilling to reveal her identity and the reason she's hiding at Beckinbrook Manor, where he is a guest of Donald, the Earl of Livingston. Afraid her dangerous and lecherous step-brother, Gregory will find her, she masquerading as a servant, often caring for Donald and Katherine's baby daughter. Love develops between Eve and Lord Beaumont, but before committing herself, Eve's wants to bring her ill mother from Kentwood to Beckinbrook so she can care for her. She finally tells Lord Beaumont the truth and he realizes they share a common enemy. While Lord Beaumont and his brother rescue Eve's mother, a hireling of Gregory kidnaps Eve and takes her to a dungeon. Lord Beaumont, his brother, former associates of Donald, and Donald hunt for Eve. But Lord Beaumont doesn't know if he'll succeed in finding her alive and, if so, she'll still love him after he tells his secret.
This is a charming and compelling love story with plenty of tense moments along the way as we wonder if Eve will escape her step-brother's clutches. The characters are interesting and their activities indicative of the historical time portrayed in the book. While we recognize the identity of the villain, the actions of Lady Sands make us wonder what she is about. The author describes the love affair of Eve and Beau in such a way we pull for them. Fully expecting the couple to give in and make love, we are both astonished and admiring of them, especially since Beau, a virgin, manages to restrain himself. The strength of their love overcomes all obstacles and one could wish love would always turn out that way.
The author reveals each secret and each mystery bit by bit until, at the end, we learn the whole of the secrets both Eve and Beau hold.
There is no question that I would read another by this author.
Reviewer: Jaye Leyel
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