Once Upon a Maiden Lane
Maiden Lane, 12.5
November 14, 2017
A stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!
Miss Mary Whitsun is far too intelligent to fall for the rakish charms of a handsome aristocrat. But when the gentleman in question approaches her in a bookshop, mistaking her for his fiancée, Lady Johanna Albright, the flirtatious encounter only raises more questions. Could Mary, a servant raised in a St Giles orphanage, actually be Lady Joanna's long-lost twin sister? If so, Mary has been betrothed since birth---to the rakishly handsome artistocrat himself . . .
Henry Collins, Viscount Blackwell, is far too intrigued by Mary to let her go so easily. He's drawn to her sharp mind, indomitable spirit, and the fiery way in which she dismisses him---ladies simply don't dismiss Lord Blackwell. But as Mary makes her first hesitant steps into society, she can't help but wonder if she truly has a place in Henry's world---or in his heart.
I didn't know I was going to choke up when I read Once Upon A Maiden Lane. Even though this is a novella, but certainly gives an emotional gut punch. I didn't know I was going to have the ugly cry when I started this, truly I did not know. You don't have to worry about reading the previous books in the series, because this definitely can standalone, but you do get to see characters from the previous books. However, this story focuses on Mary Whitsun and Henry Collins. Basically, Henry believes Mary is the long lost daughter of Albright daughter. You can see where this is going. Agh! See here is the trouble with novella, they are so short that it's easy to give things away, but I need to bite my tongue. Oh so painful.
Anyway, I love Mary. She's so sweet and can't believe that this could be her real life. Then we have Henry who finds himself falling for Mary. I mean who wouldn't; she's a lovely lass with quick wit. I need to stop right there. Towards the end I was balling like a baby, because I didn't see what was coming. Pretty good read for a quick one. Yes, it does end happily.
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