For Douglas Shaw, years of hard work and ingenuity enabled him to escape a life of grinding poverty. He's also determined to marry into high society--a step that will ensure he never returns to the conditions of his past.
He and Alice form a friendly relationship based on mutual respect, but anything deeper is not in their plans. However, when Alice accidentally raises the ire of a jealous and vindictive coworker who's intent on ruining her life, Alice and Douglas are forced to confront what is truly important in their lives. Will their growing bond give them the courage to risk finding a better way?
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What set this novel apart for me was the fact that both main characters knew what they wanted out of life, and worked toward their goals. I really was impressed with the fact that both Alice and Douglas were so comfortable in their own skin, yet were willing to learn and make changes for their betterment.
Historical romance fans will enjoy the 1880s London setting, when everything was changing so quickly, due to all the new inventions. It was also interesting to read about what was happening concurrently in the the American business world. The story held an interesting mix of day-to-day work, and high-society expectations.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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