Lady Honor’s Debt by Maggie Andersen
Freedom. That’s all Lady Honor Baxendale wants—for her sisters and for herself. Honor has a bold plan to become financially independent, using a skill she learned at her father’s knee. She seeks the help of a solicitor and is pleased with her choice…as long as she can resist the solicitor himself.
Lord Edward Winborne has been happy to come to the aid of his four sisters in the past. But when a neighbor’s daughter, Lady Honor Baxendale, requests his help for a dangerous scheme she has in mind, he feels it his duty to dissuade her. When that fails, he wants to protect her, and then somehow finds he wants to do more. Much more.
Published & Release Date: Self-Published, January 20, 2015
Time and setting: Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 1
Rating: 4 Gold Crowns
I am pleased I had the opportunity to review Lady Honor’s Debt. It is a fast read and a delightful one. Edward is an endearing hero, honorable, loyal and true. Such a refreshing change from the usual alpha-males, who most of the time are rakes. Not that there is anything wrong with a rake. After all who doesn’t want to see a good woman reform him, right? For me, Edward stole the show in this sweet love story.
Lady Honor is on a quest. She desperately wants to save her sister from an arranged marriage and gain freedom for herself at the same time. Her step-father has different plans for her. He wants her to marry a much older man of consequence. If she wants him to give her sister Faith a season in London, she must convince him that she will consider the duke’s proposal while stalling for time.
When Lady Honor shows up at his office requesting his help with her daring plan, Lord Edward Winbourne dares not turn her away. After all she is in need of protection, most of all, from herself. As a solicitor and her neighbor, he feels duty-bound to offer his assistance. The fact that he is attracted to her certainly complicates matters. While his mother may want him to set up his nursery, as the third son of a Marquess, he did not need to concern himself with a family until he has his career well established. His need to protect Honor is why I fell in love with Edward’s character.
While attending a house party at the duke’s estate, the man becomes too amorous for Lady Honor’s tastes, what choice did she have? She pushed him into the grotto. I found this part of the story delightfully amusing, and it brought a smile to my face. After that fiasco, thankfully the duke withdraws his suit.
By this time, Edward realizes he is in love with Lady Honor. Will he win her affections and protect her from harm, or will Honor’s stubborn independence keep her from allowing him into her heart and lead her into more trouble than she ever imagined?
I enjoyed reading Lady Honor’s Debt and was rooting for them to find their ‘Happily Ever After’ throughout the entire light-hearted tale. Edward is just the right man for Honor, and I love how he goes about winning her love. Oh, and I must mention, the book cover is stunning!
It took me a bit of time to warm up to Honor’s character. I never felt as if I ever truly understood her. I would have liked to see a little more depth, to have been able to get inside her head and find out what she was thinking and feeling.
Nonetheless, this story is an enjoyable read. I can easily recommend Lady Honor’s Debt, if you are looking for an engaging love story with a very nice ending. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, since I enjoyed Honor’s sister, Faith’s character, a great deal. Happy reading!