Almost Taken Author:Isabel Mere A desperate woman. Ava Fychon won't rest until she finds her family. A month has passed since she and her young brother and sister were taken from their farm in Wales and then separated in London. Flinging herself into the River Thames to escape her kidnappers, however, isn't her best idea to date. Not when it results in being dumped on the door... more »step of the man who can send her to prison. A life forever changed. The instant he sees the drenched girl dripping water on his carpet, Deran Morissey, Earl of Atherton, knows his life will change-and not for the better. Her story of abduction is too absurd to be believed. He offers to help find her family, certain that will put an end to her ruse. That was his first blunder, for he soon learns Miss Ava Fychon will go to great lengths and distances-either on foot or stolen horse-to reclaim her kin. An impossible love. Their search leads them to each other's heart and to a love that cannot be realized. What can a person do when they want someone they can never have?« less
Fast moving, exciting story and great characters. The hero reminds me a bit of the hero of "The Heir", a very responsible and honorable gentleman who finds himself enamored of a woman totally outside his class, who is in need of rescue. The heroine is a strong woman who plans to rescue herself, and is not expecting any help from a man. There is a serious underlying theme of slavery/involuntary servitude, and young children being exploited in workhouses and factories.
Very emotional and good love scenes too. I consider this book an undiscovered treasure. Unfortunately I can only find 2 more by this author, and I don't know what happened to her after that.