Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. After losing her family, her fiancé, and her faith, the disappearance of her fortune is the last straw. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she’s determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.
Much to Mr. Hamilton Beckett’s chagrin, all the eyes of New York society—all the female ones, at least—are on him. Unfortunately for all the matchmaking mothers and eligible daughters, he has no plans to marry again, especially with his hands full keeping his business afloat and raising his two children alone.
When Eliza’s hapless attempts to regain her fortune put her right in Hamilton’s path, sparks instantly begin to fly. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces, but with all their plans falling by the wayside and their enemies getting the better of them, it will take a riot of complications for Hamilton and Eliza to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.
Lady Eliza has a plan: find the people who stole her fortune and return to England. She has many obstacles to overcome, however, and her fumbling attempts to gain information often land her in hot water. It’s obvious she needs a sidekick or someone to help her locate her fortune, and the people responsible for its disappearance.
Mr. Beckett is fairly self-sufficient, and is not in need of anyone. Except, maybe, a governess for his precocious children. Lady Eliza smoothly integrates herself into his family, and upon discovering that they have a mutual enemy, they join forces to right the wrongs done to them.
Joined by one of Lady Eliza’s previous charges, an outspoken and headstrong young woman, and a chauvinist, arrogant private investigator, their investigations would undoubtedly be met with hair-raising escapades, nightly break-ins, and lots of laughter over the mixed results.
It’s been a long time since I laughed so much while reading one novel. This is such a brilliantly written novel, and the dialogue is so witty that it kept me in stitches from chapter to chapter. It is hard to believe that it is a first novel for Jen Turano, for it is so well-crafted. I cannot wait for her next novel!
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