Title: The Redemption of Julian Price
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Vitoria Vane
Publisher: Vane Publishing LLC, April 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
She gave him a chance to bury his past… but the price would be his heart Burdened by the past…Orphaned at a young age and left to run wild, at eighteen Julian Price joins the fight against Napoleon in the hope of attaining honor. Devastated when his best friend, Thomas, is killed in battle, Julian returns home burdened with guilt, only to find his wastrel uncle has squandered his inheritance. Desperate to live her own life… Facing a bleak future caring for her aging mother and raising her brother’s children, Henrietta Houghton believes her chance at a real life died with Thomas, the only man who ever wanted her. But Henrietta is still full of dreams. When her wealthy aunt offers her a gift of ten thousand pounds, Henrietta finally has the chance to choose her own destiny. Everything has a price…With a fortune at her command, Henrietta offers Julian a marriage of convenience, unaware that she really offers Julian a means of salvation—not just his fortune, but his very soul.
This book was a delight. Henrietta is a heroine that we all can love. She is intelligent and forthright. She grasps the problem and seeks a solution. Well, her notorious Aunt helps the solution along. Julian is Henrietta’s childhood friend. He thought of her as a pal for those formative years until one day she started maturing and she was no longer allowed to cavort with her twin brother Henry and friends Julian and Thomas. Julian went off to war and came back to find his uncle had squandered his fortune. Now in debt and troubled by the war Julian feels his only recourse is to become a mercenary soldier. Henrietta has other ideas.
This is a lovely story of a woman who knows what she wants and a man who is not too obtuse to grasp the carrot when it is dangled. The romance was always there and it is wonderful to see how the characters discover it.
This is a short book, only 197 pages, so it is a quick and most satisfying read. Highly recommend