Published by Zebra on August 28th 2018
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In Victorian London, the Hamilton sisters are known for their bookshops—and for finding their happily ever afters on their own terms. Now, much to their chagrin, their offspring are following in their unconventional footsteps—in life and in love...
Raised in New York, shipping heiress Sara Fleming was ready to elope—until her disapproving parents tricked her onto a boat heading to England. Her only consolation is getting to see her beloved aunts and cousins. Even the start of London’s Season—and a strikingly handsome earl—can’t make her forget the man she left behind.
Considered one of London’s most eligible bachelors, Christopher Townsend, the Earl of Bridgeton, is not what he seems. Having inherited his father’s crushing debt, he must choose a wealthy bride to save his family’s estate. Though rumored to be penniless and committed to another, Sara takes his breath away—and makes him question what he truly needs to be free of the past. But he’ll have to win the headstrong beauty’s heart one kiss at a time.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Heiress He’s Been Waiting For is the first book in the Hamilton Cousins series by Kaitlin O’Riley.
“In Victorian London, the Hamilton sisters are known for their bookshops—and for finding their happily ever afters on their own terms. Now, much to their chagrin, their offspring are following in their unconventional footsteps—in life and in love”
Twenty-year-old Sara Flemming lives in America and is the daughter of a rich shipping magnate. She is in love and expects a proposal from her beau any day now. Unfortunately for her, she finds herself tricked onto one of her parents’ ships and kidnapped by them. It’s all very dramatic. Her parents know that the man courting their daughter is trouble and a fortune hunter. They also know that with how headstrong she is there is no way they could keep her from the man. So convincing her to take a quick sail on the ship, and then leaving New York far behind is the only way they can think of to keep them apart. They head home to family in England. Sara loves her family there and despite being taken against her will, she enjoys being back with them. There is no harm in enjoying herself while she waits for her beau to follow and in her eyes, rescue her.
Christopher Townsend, the Earl of Bridgeton has an upsetting past that he tells nobody about, not even his best friend who happens to be a relative of Sara’s. He is at the family home when Sara arrives and it’s practically lust at first sight when they meet. Christopher has a lot of worry on his plate, not least keeping the family estate and looking after his sisters. His father died leaving nothing but debt, so much so that Christopher is coming to the conclusion that he will either have to sell the estate and take up a job or marry an heiress. Both options are abhorrent to him, but he has to make a decision sooner rather than later.
The more time Sara and Christopher spend together the more they find themselves in each other’s arms. Sara has told Christopher about Alexander (her American love) and how she is waiting to be rescued by him. Christopher has told Sara that although he is deeply attracted to her, he will never be able to offer for her (he doesn’t know she is an heiress). Despite that, they can’t keep their hands and lips off each other. It’s a passionate relationship that they have but for me, it is marred by the fact that Sara is supposedly so in love with Alexander and is still determined to marry him, and yet she is all over Christopher.
A lot of the time Sara comes across as a spoilt brat. Christopher, on the other hand, is a sweetheart and at times I wish that Alexander would hurry up and fetch Sara, be the fortune hunter she refuses to believe he is, and have her live in misery for not listening to her parents and for not choosing to be with Christopher. But then I realise her age, how much she has been pampered, and of course how smooth Alexander has been with her. It’s no surprise her head was turned. As for her relationship with Christopher, I put that down to her heart knowing what or who it wanted even though her head hasn’t caught up with that.
I adore the Hamilton family, the sisters, the cousins, all of them, and I love how close they are to each other, how much they are willing to protect each other. I think the author did a great job of introducing us to Sara and making her a brat, but one that with some help could see the error of her ways. I am very much looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.