Charming Sir Charles is Book 5 in The Dashing Widows Series. A wonderful novella that proves that no matter how long or short a book is you can always count on Anna Campbell to keep you intrigued and reading late into the night. I finished this novella in one sitting. I have read all of The Dashing Widows stories and have loved them all.
Sally Cowan is a widow who lived through a marriage that left her hurt, lonely and barren. Her parents married her to a much older man when she was seventeen. She despised her husband and was not heart broken when he died. He spent more time in other woman's beds than her own. The only thing she wanted out of her miserable marriage was a child and even that was denied her. Heart broken she has decided that it is time to start living again and find herself a lover who can show her what she missed being married to a selfish bastard. She is adamant that she will never marry again.
Sr. Charles is a bachelor who has finally found the woman he wants to spend his life with. Unfortunately she doesn't seem to know he is alive. He is a little younger than her but does not see it as an obstacle to his HAE. He has no idea that Sally has no intention of being married again and has never loved any man. Charles has his work cut out for him, but he is determined to break through Sally's fear and show her how love can change her life.
I love the way that Anna makes her characters the story. Even though a novella is a short novel Anna's stories are packed with a plethora of everything you want in a Historical Romance. Her writing is witty, smart, and sexy. Anna has made me laugh and cry while reading her books. Her books are keepers and the best 99 cents you will ever spend.