Growing up as a stable boy, Nolan Price’s world is turned upside down when his mother reveals on her deathbed that he is the son of the Earl of Stainsby. Nolan was planning to marry kitchen maid, Hannah, but his new father now adamantly insists that Nolan take his place as head of the family and marry above his station. Torn between his duty and his love, Nolan must fight for what he believes is right during this turbulent time.
This novel has an fascinating premise and gives a great glimpse into the divide between social classes in 1880s England. I thought the plot was interesting and contained surprises and twists that kept my attention. I did not like Nolan and Hannah’s relationship as much as I think I should have; despite giving them some leeway for the circumstances, I still found their actions too immature to allow me to like their romance. Nonetheless, I truly did enjoy the book as there are many remarkable characters—the spunky nature of Aunt Iris is one of my favorites of the book. I recommend this novel and look forward to more by this author.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.