About the Book:
If there is one woman Samson Rutherford, Earl of Riverton, can’t abide, it is his meddling sister. He has spent his whole life being a pawn in her plans and tricks, but when one of her schemes leaves him dressed in women’s clothing, he has finally had enough. He cannot beat her at her games, or even say no to her, his only option to save his sanity and pride is to run away--and fortunately, his solicitor knows just the place…
Catherine Wallace wasn’t born to be a governess, but with her family’s fall from grace, she has become one. A good one. However, when the chance arises to stay at her uncle’s home so she can care for his horticulture project while he is absent, she jumps at the chance. Leaving her position, she plans to gather her sisters together so they can be a family again--even if it is only for a little while.
But the last thing Catherine expected to find upon her arrival was her childhood friend. Samson has sequestered himself at the cottage and claims to have been invited to watch over her uncle’s business while he is away. But Catherine insists that’s what she’s been asked to do. The quiet retreat is what they both need, but who will get to stay?
Not Samson, because he has never gotten the better of a woman, not since… well, not since Catherine let him kiss her years ago…
Come to think of it, perhaps it is time for Samson to win after all.
A man sometimes just needs to get away from it all, especially if he has a house full of sisters. Samson Rutherford has been harassed and humiliated one too many times and so looks for a place of refuge. Imagine his astonishment when he is joined at this unknown place by childhood friend and secret crush, Catherine Wallace. Was it an accident that they both are charged with the care of rare plants or was it fate that brings them together?
I have loved both of Ms. Hatch’s books in the A Romance of Rank series and was eagerly anticipating reading this. It has everything in a Regency romance that gives it a five star rating:
second chance at love
a selfless hero
nasty members of the Ton
hilarious stories (the zookeeper and Gertrude)
forgiveness and reconciliation
I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages. While you can read this as a stand alone, I think you will love the other two books. These are not only fantastic, but you’ll have a richer experience since the characters from the previous books are also in this story. They are so fun and well written that I’d love to see them made into a TV series. I cannot wait to read the next book Ms. Hatch writes.
I received an e-arc of the book. I was not expected to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.