Past is Prologue...
When Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam set his cap at young Lady Harriette Middleton, his sole intention was securing her dowry. As a mere second son, his habits of taste demanded he marry a woman of substantial means. Having entered her bedchamber under the cover of darkness, he set upon his course. He promised to court her, to win her heart, to marry her.
Lady Harriette, the only daughter of one of the wealthiest peers in England, never accustomed herself to accept 'no' for an answer. Richard meant to change all that. She likened his declaration to win her heart as more of a challenge than a promise. By the end of their whirlwind courtship, it was unclear who was pursuing who.
The Story Unfolds ...
Their hasty courtship and subsequent marriage notwithstanding, Richard finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful wife. However, having seduced his innocent young bride, a single question haunts him--does he truly deserve his happiness?
Her husband's lack of fortune never concerned Lady Harriette - she loves him. Young, spirited, and beautiful, she has always enjoyed a charmed life. When Richard's past lands on their doorstep, suspicion soon rears its head, and Harriette's questions go unanswered. Seeking explanations on her own is her only recourse. Will she uncover more than she bargained for?
Lady Harriette: Fitzwilliam's Heart and Soul is a fast-paced, wonderfully engaging Regency romance. Inspired by To Have His Cake (and Eat it Too): Mr. Darcy's Tale, the provocative Pride and Prejudice variation, this story has all the passion one might expect of a worldly gentleman, violently in love, along with enough mischief and intrigue to keep readers turning the pages.
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I grew to like her!
I didn't much like the character of the eponymous heroine at first but as the story progressed, I grew to like her a lot more. So that would have to be my favourite part - the gradual change in my opinion of her.
The lovely Colonel Richard, as always, but we must never forget Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, although he doesn't play a large part in this book.
I've heard many audiobooks narrated by Pearl Hewitt. This is performance is very similar to most of the others. I sometimes think she has a problem with the male voices but overall, she's pretty good and better than many I've heard.
Something's rotten in the Fitzwilliam family! Who's behind the disappearance of all the money?
I hadn't realised this was a sequel to some of P.O. Dixon's other works, but I shall now be going back to use some of my credit on them, as I'd love to hear where the original story begins.
- Anji Dale