Review for The Desire of a Lady by Linda Rae Sande

The Desire of a Lady
by Linda Rae Sande
Genre: Historical Romance

A sensual tale of a maid, four suitors and a clerk on a mission

As the illegitimate daughter of an earl, Lily Harkins spent her early years toiling as a scullery maid and later as a lady's maid. When her brother, Gabriel Wellingham, paid a call to claim her as his sister, Lily was surprised and a bit overwhelmed. With recognition as the Earl of Trenton's half-sister came the responsibility to learn the ways of the ton as well as the promise of a substantial dowry—an irresistible draw for many a man who might require the income to pay off gambling debts or shore up flagging bank accounts.

William Overby may have started his life as a street urchin in the Seven Dials, but he worked his way from being Thomas Wellingham's caddie to clerking at the man's business. Having outfitted his bachelor quarters with excess inventory from Wellingham Imports and rather satisfied with his lot in life, William has no need to wonder what's next. That is, until he meets the comely blonde chit who's paying a visit to her cousin, Thomas. The idea of courting—the idea of taking a wife—are suddenly all William can think about.

Thanks to patient tutoring, Lily had a successful come-out—too successful. Having read the stories in the gossip sheets from London suggesting his sister is being courted by no fewer than four aristocrats, Gabriel sends for her. He’s determined to hear her side of the stories before deciding which man is worthy enough to be her husband.

Having suffered a good deal of embarrassment in her encounters with gentlemen claiming they wished to court her, Lily wonders if any of her suitors are sincere. And just who is the young man who works for her cousin Thomas? Is he a suitable suitor? Or just another fortune hunter after her dowry? While on her way to meet her brother in Staffordshire, Lily decides she may have to spin a few tales of her own to get her way in The Desire of a Lady.

Shawna's Review

The Desire of A Lady is the third book in The Sisters of The Aristocracy by Linda Rae Sande. I fell in love with the two main characters, Lily Harkins and William Overby from the beginning. They are both such great characters who just want to find love. William is my absolute favorite and I was rooting for him from the beginning, hes such a down to earth hard working man who is doing the best he possible can to make it in a world where he was doomed to live a poor life from the beginning. He works his way up from the bottom of the ladder all the way to a clerk and is doing quite well for himself and wants nothing more, until he meets Lily Harkins, the illegitimate daughter of an earl who must find her a husband soon or end up getting married to whomever her brother decides. Sparks fly from the beginning, but will her brother approve? Will she decide on someone wealthier or is William just what she wants? I really did enjoy this book but was a little disappointed when I realized the most of this book was about her telling tales about other men who had tried to court her. There wasn't much of a love story with the two, the honestly only meet face to face five times in the entire book and only two of those had any depth to them. Either way it was a really good read and can be a stand alone even though it is the third in the series. I didn't even know it was a serial until the end and I do plan on reading the others since there were many times I wished I knew about certain characters that I now know have books of their own.

3.5 out of 5 stars

A former technical writer, Linda Rae’s interest in the Regency has resulted in ten books set during that era. Employed at Goodyear Printing, she can frequently be found at the local cinema enjoying the latest movie. During the winter, she houses junior hockey players and follows the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody. Read more about her books on her website:


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