A youthful indiscretion has cost Lizzie Poole more than just her honor. After five years living in exile, she’s finally returning home, but she’s still living a secret life. Her best friend, Ria’s dying wish was for Lizzie to assume her identity, return to London, and make amends that Ria herself would never live to make. Bearing a striking resemblance to her friend, and harboring more secrets than ever before, Lizzie embarks on a journey that tempts her reckless heart once again . . .
A committed clergyman, Geoffrey Somerville’s world is upended when he suddenly inherits the title of Lord Somerville. Now he’s invited to every ball and sought after by the matchmaking mothers of London society. Yet the only woman to capture his heart is the one he cannot have: his brother’s young widow, Ria. Duty demands he deny his feelings, but his heart longs for the mysterious beauty. With both their futures at stake, will Lizzie be able to keep up her façade? Or will she find the strength to share her secret and put her faith in true love?
An Heiress at Heart is a very sweet love story that is filled with secrets. I loved it, except for one thing...
The story is one that has been used before: a woman who looks remarkably like a lady takes the ladies place. But it's by no means cliche. The author manages to make the story unique and wonderful.
Lizzie was a character I could feel for. She's stuck in a pretty bad position. First, her life as her own identity is ruined because of a mistake she made years ago. Then, as her identity impersonating Ria, she is pulled one way by her promise to her friend and another way by the guilt she feels for deceiving people she has grown to love. It's a tough situation. But she was strong through it. She handled it realistically. She's not the most memorable or remarkable heroine you'll ever see, but she is a lovely character.
Geoffrey was complicated. He was a clergyman, a third son, until his two older brothers died and he was suddenly shouldered with a title. He goes through some growth throughout the story. He starts out as unforgiving and cynical. But then he turns into a sweet man who will do anything for the one he loves. I kind of had a hard time with him. This is the one problem I had with this book. There wasn't enough character development. I never felt like a really knew him. I knew him enough to like him. But I didn't feel like I really knew him, didn't feel like I really understood his character. This underdevelopment happened with a few other characters, but it was most noticeable in Geoffrey. That's not to say I didn't like him. I did, but I just wanted to know more about him.
The story moves pretty quickly. The plot was fast and never dull. There was a constant tension throughout the plot as you wait to see if anyone finds out the truth about Lizzie's identity. The ending was very sweet, a perfect ending for the story.
Other than one problem, I really like An Heiress at Heart. It's not the most remarkable book you'll ever see, but it's worth a read. It's a sweet story full of romance and secrets. A perfect formula for a good read.
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!