(published by Crooked Cat Books)
Does money matter?
Ah, to be an aristocrat with a stately pile and a pile of money as well. I’ve read a few books about the other type of aristocrat who is land rich, with a stately home needing constant repairs, but whose bank account is also sadly in need of propping up. Baron Thomas is one such titled owner who needs to open his home to tourists like me who love to visit. His new tour guide Sophia, a local lass who returns to her
roots, is able to put up with his volatile temper and his innate shyness. The romantic
development is slow and steady as the story progresses. The characters are
interwoven in a quite refreshing way and unravelling the mystery kept me
reading. I love stories with an ancestral theme so slotting the characters into
place was great as the story developed. I warmed a lot to the irascible Thomas
though he also came across as a bit wimpish at times. Sophie, on the other
hand, was nicely rounded. There was that one character who (I’m choosing not to
name in this review, so as not to spoil it for a new reader) was so well drawn
as the baddie but was also the one who made me really perk up when she joined
the conversation. Other secondary characters gave a lot of life to the story.