Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review of An Earl by Any Other Name by Lauren Smith

Sometimes if you haven't read one of your favorite authors in awhile you forget how much you loved their writing.  This new Series takes place eleven years into the Twentieth Century.  A Large number of the English Aristocracy were on the verge of losing their fortunes and the land that has been in their families for hundreds of years.  Leo, Earl of Hampton will do whatever is necessary to make sure the legacy that his father almost destroyed will last through his lifetime and that of his children.  He has to find a way to invest in other ways besides land management and tenant farmers.  But to do that he has to marry an heiress above reproach who will never cause a scandal.  He just doesn't count on his widowed mother's house party plans that will reunite Leo with the only girl he ever loved.

Ivy Leighton is the daughter of a rich newspaper man.  A modern woman who wants the vote and will never marry and become someone's property.  She watched her mother, a servant who never had control over her life.  Even if she fell in love she doesn't know if she can give up her freedom.  The only man that she ever loved was a childhood friend who she hasn't seen since she was seven.  She remembered he was a cheerful young man who was always nice to her.  When they meet again as adults, he doesn't know who she is, and she is sad to see him so proper and joyless.

This is a wonderfully written story that you will truly enjoy.  Lauren is a talented author who has the art of word craft down to a science.  I sincerely love her writing and know that if you read this book you will too.   I highly recommend this beautiful love story.