Laura's Legacy by Valerie Holmes

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The book ends with the actual opening of their real courtship rather than professions of true love but, happily, I think everyone knows it’s just the formalities for propriety of an already done deal.
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1820 Ebton, England.

Laura Pennington is the daughter of a wealthy man.

Her parents think it is time for her to marry, but they are concerned.

Laura likes to take long walks by herself, and doesn’t quite fit in.

Laura’s father, Obadiah, thinks local mill owner Daniel Tranton is the perfect husband for Laura, so he suggests marriage to Daniel while working on a business deal.

Daniel is not keen, but does not want to lose Pennington’s business. He is not sure what to do, as he has his hands full with disgruntled workers at the local mills.

Daniel has always treated his workers well, but that is the exception, not the rule.

As he ponders, a new problem arises, when Jeb, a young boy who works for Daniel’s cousin Roderick, runs away from the mill where he works.

Daniel, not wanting to see him captured and beaten by the local louts who enforce the law, tries to track him down. He finds Laura hiding Jeb, who she stumbled upon while out on one of her walks.

Roderick has his henchman Mr Bullman hunting for Jeb as Laura hides him at her father’s boat house.

Checking on him one morning, Laura sees the boat is gone, but it’s seeing her father stepping out from the hotel he owns that shocks her the most.

For all his efforts to make Laura a lady, it seems Mr. Pennington is not a gentleman.

With the hint of revolution in the air, will Daniel and Laura find a love worth fighting for?

Laura’s Legacy is a passionate historical tale of romance and family strife in a past world.

Valerie Holmes has had thirty-five titles published, both historical and contemporary. Two of which have been shortlisted for awards by the Romantic Novelists' Association. Valerie is an experienced creative writing tutor of manuscript appraisals for the RNA or independently. She also works as an online tutor for the London School of Journalism and Writing Magazine. As well as being an author herself she enjoys being a reviewer of books for the Historical Novel Society and is also a member of the Crime Writers Association and the Society of Authors.

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Published April 25, 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 88 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne on Apr 14 2016

The book ends with the actual opening of their real courtship rather than professions of true love but, happily, I think everyone knows it’s just the formalities for propriety of an already done deal.

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