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The Honorable Heir, by Laurie Alice Eakes
Lady Catherine Bisterne scandalized New York society when she eloped with her best friend's English suitor. Now widowed, she returns hoping to make amends. But rightful heir Tristram Wolfe follows, convinced that she's stolen priceless family gems. When his quest takes a dangerous turn, will Catherine choose to follow the rules or save his life?
Number of Pages: 182
Vendor: Waterfall Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
An American heiress and widow of a rakish English earl, Catherine has returned to New York high society determined to make amends for the scandal she caused when she crossed the Atlantic to elope with her best friend’s suitor and win the title of Lady Bisterne. But a ruined reputation isn’t the only thing that’s followed her home: Lord Tristram Wolfe, the rightful heir to the Bisterne estate, has vowed to track down his family’s stolen jewels—gems he’s certain Catherine stole.
Catherine has more to think about than charming, handsome Tristram and his accusations, even if he’s beginning to change her mind about never returning to England. Back at her family’s Tuxedo Park estate, she resolves to restore her honor by earning the forgiveness of her best friend and protecting her younger sister from other fortune-seeking Englishmen with dubious titles, all while abiding by the etiquette of the Gilded Age.
Yet when Tristram’s quest takes a dangerous turn, she must decide whether to follow the rules or save her accuser’s life.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5American side of Downton AbbeyJanuary 18, 2017MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This small (182 page) novella was a treat, taking me to the exclusive world of Tuxedo Park, New York. As usual, Laurie Alice Eakes does a tremendous job of researching her setting. She makes her readers feel transported to this elegant time and place. Her primary characters, Catherine and Tristam, were easy to like and cheer for as they battled their attraction for one another in the midst of the search for some missing heirloom jewelry. I also enjoyed the conversations between Catherine and her childhood friend, Georgette - both apology and forgiveness extended were eloquent and heart-felt.
I had only two issues with this book - the ending wrapped up much too suddenly for my taste, and the cover (often beyond an author's control) didn't reflect Catherine's cleft chin that Tristam admired. But if you're looking for a quick escape to the American side of Downton Abbey, this little jewel by Eakes will be just your cup of tea!
JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun one day readNovember 29, 2016JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Honorable Heir is the first book I have read by Laurie Alice Eakes. I can honestly say I enjoyed it. I was able to finish the book in one day, which was nice. I was drawn into the story right away and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. The story is set in New York in 1900. I found it interesting to learn about that period of time, and how life was back then. It was still a time where many married for titles or money and not for love. This story follows Catherine and Tristram as they both try to figure out what happened to the Bisterne jewels.
Catherine endured a very unhappy marriage and is ready to be home with her family. Little does she know Tristram followed her home, and intends to prove she stole her late husbands family jewels. Proving her innocence isn't going to be easy, especially when someone wants nothing more than to prove she is guilty. Being attracted to each other was not part of either of their plans. Can they uncover the real culprit before more lives are ruined?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It was interesting to read about some of the things that young people did for fun, and about the parties they attended. Customs are sometimes funny things. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5We are joint heirs with CHRISTOctober 24, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a lovely period romantic piece, and if you like that kind of piece you will love this, and I love this kind of story so I am going to gush on it. It is about some of those fighting against social conventions in society all in the name of freedom and conventions based on morality for the British government in the Boer War.railing against social conventions in the name of freedom, and moral condemnation of the British government over the Boer War. You also have romance between Lord Tristam and Catherine - Lord Tristam is looking for a lost jewel so you have a mystery going on in there - so how could this book fail you have a mystery, morality, romance - man ya'll how could you miss out on all of this and a bag of chips? Lord Tristam is sent to follow Catherine because the family believes she is the one who stole the jewelry. Is she the culprit? If she isn't then who is? what will happen to Catherine when everyone and everything points to her? Will anything happen with Lord Tristem or is he just using her? What a fantastic book......I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5THE. JONORABLE. HEIROctober 4, 2016Ellen/oceansideS D CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0THE HONORABLE HEIR, by Laurie Alice Eakes. Catherine first husband, a rakish earl, married her for her fortune. Amidst the scandal she caused by marring him, she returns to New York society, now a widow. Jewels are missing and Tristram is investigating if she did It.Only to lose his heart to her. Both trying to find exception, for her in society, and him approval of his father. Can love come for this two. Enjoyable read.
Given book by Net Galley for my honest opinion of which I have given.
Rose BlueWisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Quick, entertaining readSeptember 30, 2016Rose BlueWisconsinAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Lady Catherine eloped with her best friends English suitor because she wanted a title. Catherine soon realized her new husband only wanted an American heiress to repair his moldering estate with her dowry. Four years later, he dies. She returns home, hoping to make amends with Georgette and her family.
Lord Tristram Wolfe follows her. The Bisterne family believes she made off with the family jewels. Lord Tristrams father, best friends with Catherines late father-in-law, orders Tristram to bring her to justice as a means of punishing him for resigning his army post after disobeying an order.
As he seeks to determine her guilt, someone tries to stop him. He no longer wants to believe ill of Catherine, but everything points to her.
The Honorable Heir is a quick, entertaining read. Catherine doesnt quail before her naysayers. Shes humble before Georgettes bitter grandmother but doesnt cower. She stands up to Tristrams accusations. She tries to protect her younger sister from making the same mistake in marrying that she did.
Tristram is intent on winning his fathers approval, to the extent that he doesnt explore the possibility someone is framing her. I had a suspect in mind early on, but Laurie Alice Eakes kept the true villain under wraps.