'Harriet laid her head on top of the desk and cried.'
Honestly, I wanted to lay my head down and cry as well, for these characters had burrowed their way into my heart and stubbornly taken hold. Granted, it took me a few chapters to get inside their heads, but once I did . . . I wanted to use every means possible to make love work. But that was the problem to begin with, was it not? Female machinations. Well intended, but rarely forthright.
"You've been hiding since Thursday. That's four days. Even Jesus came out after three." ( I think I laughed out loud )
Harriet Hancock spent her days living out someone else's life. And she was very good at it. Very good. Except that one day her good intentions hit a wall in the form a of a very handsome stable hand, Jonas Fitzroy, the brother of a friend. His twin sister Sophia had appealed to Harriett for help, knowing that Jonas had skills that he was refusing to admit, or simply had not realized could make a difference in his life. As Harriet combines his particular skills with her own little-known conundrum, she places Jonas in a terrible predicament, thinking that his heart could rise to her occasions.
What a tangled web!
The astonishing depth of this story is nearly impossible to convey within a few short paragraphs, for this author consistently pens some of the most vivid conversational scenes that I have ever read. Effectively drawing her readers into the story, they become part of it, a wall flower in the room, (Jonas knows all about that, doesn't he?) or a guest around the table. Clever wit and arresting descriptions combine with perfectly placed spiritual truths (Jonas gets the prize for that ability, too!). A totally enchanting reading adventure, wouldn't you agree? Or do we need to give St. Patrick a toss?
*I purchased the book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars!
Miss Harriet Hancock enjoys playing the role of eccentric heiress, using her wealth and influence to cleverly and anonymously better the lives of those in Newmarket. Though she keeps people at a distance to protect a years-old secret, when her friend pleads for help on a personal project, Harriet can't resist.
Stable hand Jonas Fitzroy would do anything for his twin sister, even if it means seeking out the woman whose meddling ways have made him wary and suspicious. The last thing he expects is for Miss Hancock to request his help in writing a book. Intent on revealing her underlying plan, Jonas agrees.
As they work together, an unexpected friendship forms. But when things for once don't go according to Harriet's plan, she's left wondering if good intentions might not be enough. Is there a way to mend the broken pieces of her life? And will Jonas give her another chance at his heart?