29 March 2013

Review: The Heiress's Homecoming by Regina Scott

Lady Samantha Everard must marry by her twenty-fifth birthday—next month—or lose her inheritance. Her neighbour and childhood friend, Jamie, wants to help, despite the long-standing antipathy between their two families. Jamie’s father is Will Wentworth, Earl of Kendrick, who has decided not to remarry after losing his wife in childbirth seventeen years ago. But things don’t always happen as we plan…

While The Heiress's Homecoming was an enjoyable story, it was very much like many other historical romances in this time period: intelligent woman who must marry within a given timeframe in order to protect her inheritance, but romantic enough that she wants to marry for love, and doesn’t want to marry a fortune hunter. The novel is well-researched, with a good Christian message that avoids preachiness, and a well-told story, but the details are forgettable (to the point where I had trouble writing this review). Next month I’ll be reviewing The Heiress of Winterwood, the debut novel by Sarah Ladd, and I think it makes a much better job of this plot device.

The Heiress's Homecoming is part of The Everard Legacy series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Thanks to Harlequin Love Inspired and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Regina Scott at her website.

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