In this eighteenth-century romance, a young and naive Grace Carstares plans a midnight elopement with a handsome stableman with suspicious motives. Their plans are thwarted, however, when Grace discovers a mysterious stranger lying guard at her bedroom threshold. All is explained the next morning when, to her dismay, Grace learns her nighttime guardian is young Lord Buryhill, a suitor approved by her father who caught rumor of her misguided romance and decided to protect her from ruining her life.
Determined to marry this particular young woman, Lord Henry Buryhill comes to deeply love Grace and hopes to win her love in return. Yet buried beneath this determination is his own abandoned hope that he would meet a woman who might share his commitment to God.
Henry wins Grace’s heart as well as her hand in marriage. But Henry cannot overcome his nagging fears that Grace clings to her affection for the stableman. His distrust darkly clouds their wedding night and shatters their hopes for a joy-filled union. Unaware of the reasons driving her husband’s suspicions and jealousy, a devastated Grace withdraws from Henry, busying herself in gardening and taking solace in God’s love.
An ensuing pony-cart accident, through which Grace loses all memory of former things, presents both Grace and Henry the opportunity to either abandon their shattered marriage or begin anew. A guilt-ridden Henry is determined to win Grace’s heart once again, but Grace must decide whether to accept the courtship of a complete stranger or continue her life in the small community among the people who found her and nursed her back from a head injury. Will Henry’s determination, forgiveness, and tender care be sufficient to rebuild a foundation for their marriage?
About the Author:
Leonora Pruner was born in Dubuque, Iowa, but has lived most of her life in California. Writing has been an important activity since junior high. She graduated from Westmont College in 1953 and earned an MBA from Pepperdine University in 1981.
Fascination with a possible eighteenth-century English character led to five years of extensive research, which resulted in the 1981 and 1987 publication of two period novels. That time remains of great interest to the author, and she continues to use eighteenth-century England as a setting for her work.
Leonora married in 1953, and her family has expanded from two children to thirteen grandchildren and five great-grand-children.
She lived in the Republic of Maldives from 1987 to 1997, where she collected folklore and taught economics and computer science. While there she wrote the first drafts of this book.
Other books by Leonora Pruner include Love’s Secret Storm and Love’s Silent Gift. The title of her next novel is The Aerie of the Wolf.
My Review: Oh my goodness! I love Lenora Pruner’s work! She’s FABULOUS. I’m asking myself right now, “why haven’t I read her book before now?!”. I literally stayed up all most all night to work on reading this- I just couldn’t put this book down! I had to keep turning page after beautiful page to see what happened to these wonderful characters! Pruner takes us on a fantastically detailed and wonderful trip to 18th Century England and fills the plot with so much fascinating love and lessons. It’s enough to make anyone fall in love with historic England.
Pruner immediately introduces us to young Grace, who wishes nothing more than to be wed and mature in her parents’ eyes. But what to do when she is introduced to Lord Henry? Hmmm…I would LOVE to tell you what happens but that would be a spoiler! The research that Lenora Pruner did to create such a tender, soul capturing story is terrific. Pruner writes in the style of Jane Austen, as she tells the whirlwind tale of Grace and Lord Henry, all the while weaving a heart worthy love in the pages, along with a powerful lesson of forgiveness and love conquering all. Splendid! Pruner adds just a simple touch of mystery to keep the reader hooked for the entire journey.
I just simply can’t express often enough how much I loved this story of love, hope and forgiveness! I most certainly can NOT give this book anything less than 5 stars. It would be unjust if I did! It is deserving of the highest of 5 stars, kudos, thumbs up and any other kind of praises you can think of. I will recommend this book to all those who ask me for a recommendation. I will share it amongst my reader friends and family, but they must know that this is so good, they will have to get their own copy! Please,grab a copy of this fantastic read today!