Grays Hill By Barbara T. Cerny
After her father committed suicide rather than face his mounting gambling debts, Oksana Wallingford knows she will have to work in order to keep food on the table and her younger brother, the new baron, in school. When her best friend finds her a position as the nanny of his brother's children, it is the opportunity Oksana needs. But what she didn't contend with was Rafe, the recently widowed Duke of Essex and her new employer.
Oksana and Rafe's personalities are like oil and water. However, what begins as mutual hate slowly begins to change into something more. But what future can they have when Rafe has sworn off marriage for good?
As the mismatched pair struggles to come to terms with one another, a disaster that throws everything into question strikes them both.
After reading Angels ad Orphan and Tessa, I had expected nothing less than what I am reading currently, 'Grays Hill’.Strong characters, backdrops -I would give anything to have this kind of knowledge of history which would put many historians to shame. As usual, a great book from Barbara.
Lady Oksana Jane Wallingford had lost her family home and needed a place to stay. Her childhood friend, Her childhood friend, Geoff Tarkington, takes her to his brother Rafe Tarkington’s (The Duke of Essex) house. Rafe is a widower with three kids. Oksana joins as their governess and soon takes over the running of the property.
While the Duke didn't like it originally, but soon found himself relying more and more on her. Not only as a caretaker for his children but also as a companion. His distrust in women, caused by his late wife Paula, took a dent when his armor against love and happiness was chipped off bit by bit by Oksana.
But even when they succumbed to their love, Rafe is not able to let go of his past and would rather have her as his mistress rather than as his wife. But he was very badly shaken when she refuses. Would he be able to let go his past or would it be too late for them before he really understands her worth?
The characters are very strongly etched. Oksana, aka OJ, comes out as a very strong woman. She was ashamed of her weight but instead of lamenting about it..[ahem!!!] she acknowledges it and decides to do something about it. Sorry guys.. this is not a weight loss book but this topic is very close to me..[*winking]
Now, back to track… Oksana is one woman I would want to be. Strong, dependable, independent and above all humorous. The way she learns fencing, her subtle fights with Lady Catlin and the way she handles the Duke is done in a humorous way without losing the sweet and passionate romance between them. Right touch of evil injected,which gelled well with the Duke’s inner conflict.
Barbara has not restrained herself to only the two protagonists - this is what I have always loved about her writing. She has brought about Geoff also as a beautiful character. I love the way he reacts when he comes to know about his best friend loving his brother. I would have done the same. :)
Would I recommend this to my readers. Definitely.
Meet the Author
Barbara T. Cerny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She served twenty-two years in the US Army Reserves, retiring a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007. She is an information technology specialist and supervisor. Barb writes historical romances good for late teen and adults. She puts a lot of history and adventure into her work. Words are her passion, they do matter.
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