Eight years ago…
Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were simply friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.
All things end.
When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal, time and again. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties. Besides, a member of parliament cannot be associated with a woman of scandal—it isn’t proper.
But now Lady Nicola is back in London…and she won’t let Thomas ignore her.
Nicola dashed at her cheek. “Then why did you stop writing?”
The concern bled from his features and, dropping her hands, he stood from her. “We shouldn’t have begun a correspondence. We are too far apart in consequence.”
A burn started in her chest. “That is not a reason.”
His brows shot together. “Of course it is. You are the granddaughter of an earl. I am the son of no one. Literally. I do not know who my parents are, Nic. How can it not be a consideration?”
Lord, this was less than a consideration. “Thomas, you are the adopted son of a baronet and his wife. My father likes you, and that is the only care I have. Why can we not be friends?”
He looked as if he still wished to protest, but then his shoulders slumped. “Do you really not know?”
“Thomas, all I wanted was to be your friend.” Stepping closer to him, she took his hand. “It is all I’ve ever wanted.”
A hush fell. Brows drawn, eyes unfathomable, he stared down at her. Of a sudden, she was intensely aware of her breath, of the way her chest rose and fell and how very close he was.
“You think we are friends.”
Publisher and Release Date: Decadent Publishing Company LLC, 3rd May 2013.
Time and Setting: 19th Century England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Sabrina
We are introduced to Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons and Thomas Cartwright through a series of letters. They have been separated by the diplomatic pursuits of Lady Nicola’s father and are keeping in contact by writing to each other. These letters are playful and intimate and their easy friendship shines through. I imagine it must be hard for authors of short stories to develop characters that readers can fully understand and appreciate, but Cassandra Dean was able to accomplish this through these letters. Lady Nicola said more in one of hers than many characters could show you in a chapter. Nicola is FUN and I want to be her friend. In fact, I want a book on her travels. I would like to experience all of these episodes she hints at.
Thomas is for the most part a straight laced kinda guy who is busy trying to make a career for himself. He loosens up a bit in the letters to Nicola when she teases him, but finds it hard to overlook society’s demands for a perfect reputation. Unexpectedly, the letters from Thomas stop.
When they finally come together eight years later, the chemistry between them is again ignited. Thomas is much more fun with Nicola around and I loved it when he finally asserted himself. The story ends with several more letters between the two and we are treated to their banter. In fact, these letters are hysterical and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. This book has some great lines and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it.
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About the author:
Cassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures.
Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born.
So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell head over heels.
The love affair exists to this very day.
Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.