An American heiress and widow of a rakish English earl, Catherine has returned to New York high society determined to make amends for the scandal she caused when she crossed the Atlantic to elope with her best friend’s suitor and win the title of Lady Bisterne. But a ruined reputation isn’t the only thing that’s followed her home: Lord Tristram Wolfe, the rightful heir to the Bisterne estate, has vowed to track down his family’s stolen jewels—gems he’s certain Catherine stole.
Catherine has more to think about than charming, handsome Tristram and his accusations, even if he’s beginning to change her mind about never returning to England. Back at her family’s Tuxedo Park estate, she resolves to restore her honor by earning the forgiveness of her best friend and protecting her younger sister from other fortune-seeking Englishmen with dubious titles, all while abiding by the etiquette of the Gilded Age.
Yet when Tristram’s quest takes a dangerous turn, she must decide whether to follow the rules or save her accuser’s life.
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I really hate writing a review where nothing stands out on a book. Yes I enjoyed reading THE HONORABLE HEIR but that was for the time period then the characters. I enjoy reading how many constraints society placed upon people in the past. There were some beautiful descriptions of surroundings which makes sense as New York can be beautiful in the winter.
What I found lacking in this books were the characters. We do get to learn a bit about the main characters but there are hoards of secondary characters that do contribute to the storyline yet wit the exception of Catherine's sister, I couldn't tell you who was who. I don't like having to go back through a book to find out just what this person has done because they are so unmemorable that it just didn't stick in my mind.
I also trying to wrap my mind about the idea that any self respecting woman would fall in love with someone who is continually accusing her of being a thief and attempting to kill him. It just doesn't make sense to me.
This is one book that I wouldn't feel right recommending to my readers. There are just too many well written historical romances out there so I would give this one a pass.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.