Lily Author:Patricia Gaffney Unwilling to enter into an arranged marriage, Lily Trehearne runs away, fearing that has she killed her guardian. She assumes the name of Lily Troublefield and finds a position as maid at Darkstone Manor in Cornwall. She is resigned to hard work and listening to the fanatical housekeeper's heartless harping and brutal beatings until she meets th... more »e brooding, sensual master, Lord Devon Darkwell.
Lily is both repelled and drawn by Devon's dark nature. When he is wounded trying to save a smuggler's vessel from the revenue men, Lily nurses him back to health. A strange and very strong friendship blossoms between servant and master. Devon is enchanted with Lily, suspecting that she is not what she seems.« less
I liked this book. Although it did not take me in the way Ms. Gaffney's Wyckerley series did, it was an enjoyable read.
The hero was a bit of a cad, but redeemed himself in the end with a nice grovel. That said, some of the things he did to the heroine may make some readers uncomfortable. I don't believe I could have forgiven him. But in romantic fiction, we do like to have our Happy Ending, therefore it was a satisfying read.
I loved this book, although I have to admit it is not for everyone - it is not always an easy book to read. There are some beautiful scenes in it, parts I had to re-read. I would recommend - it is not light reading, but very worth it if you enjoy that genre in romance.
When Lily Trehearne--a beautiful woman who was once wealthy but is now destitute--arrives at Darkstone, she finds herself attracted to dangerous and cold Devon Darkwell--the lord of the manor, and as they surrender to desire, dark secrets from his past threaten to tear them apart.