Collette Cameron gets everything right in Triumph and Treasure, except possibly the title. I would have named it Deceived and Will Never Trust Again…Until I Met the Marquis.
On second thought, Triumph and Treasure works. Both hero and heroine triumph over their very serious problems created by no fault of their own, and discovered what a treasure they had found in each other.
Angelina is sorely used by a despicable man, who portrays charm and love up to the point he marries her. After a brutish and abrupt ‘quickie’ when they arrived at the inn after the marriage, men drag Pierre alias Charles away, but not before Angelina discovers just how despicable her supposed husband is. For one, he is already married, he also gave a false name on their wedding certificate, and finally, and worst of all, he is in the business of white slavery.
Appalled, Angelina sails to London to stay with her aunt & uncle. There we meet the hero, whose drunken father loses everything to the Duke of Waterford. Unable to face his family with the news, he commits suicide, leaving his son, Flynn, to try and salvage what he could. The Duke offers to return all his holdings if Flynn will marry his niece, Angelina.
The woman is charming and beautiful, so Flynn is confused as to what else hides behind this offer. Upon discovering she is with child, he thinks he has found the reason. The total explanation only comes out near the end of the book.
They marry out of necessity, to protect not just themselves, but those they love, for shame doesn’t cover just the one who causes a disaster; instead it spreads to innocent family as well. The two are so well matched that in short order they fall in love.
Some authors would have stopped here, but Colleen has so much more in store for her characters. Which I will not reveal.
I will only say this: the pacing was perfection. They neither dwelled on a topic too long nor too fast. While a great deal of surprises occur, each, in retrospect made complete sense. Both the hero and heroine do us proud, and you will love both. A great deal of characters were introduced and I expect some of them to have their own books in the future. The book has two villains and you won’t like either, although one is far worse than the other.
The sense of history that Colleen places in her story is enough to firmly ground you to the time, but not so much as to distract you from the story.
In all ways this is a fabulous read. I give it five glorious stars.
And here is more about this fabulous book if you are not yet convinced...
Triumph and Treasure
Book One in the Highlander Heather Romancing a Scot Series
A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to her aunt and uncle’s, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.
A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing
everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.
When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.
Can Flynn and Angelina find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
“My lord, are these some of your blossoms?” Her Grace waved at the flower vases positioned throughout the room. “I’ve heard of your successful venture into breeding these beauties.”
That caught Mrs. Thorne’s attention. Her jewel-green eyes swept the roses. A line formed between her brows, and she mashed her lips together, lowering her gaze to her cup. She took a dainty sip of tea.
Didn’t she care for roses? Or perhaps the tea displeased her. Dolt. He ought to have had coffee served as well, since she preferred the beverage.
“Oh, indeed they are.” Pride rang in Grandmamma’s voice. “See those stunning blooms on the mantle? Have you ever seen roses that particular shade of pink? Why, they appear almost lavender. Makes me think of fresh highland heather on the Scottish moors. And Flynn has a rose that is almost black.”
“Mrs. Thorne, don’t you like roses?” Franny also noticed Mrs. Thorne’s expression.
The Duchess chuckled indulgently. “With a name like Angelina-Rose, of course she does. Tell them of your gardens in Salem. Your mother wrote of your fascination with the flower.”
A becoming flush pinkened Mrs. Thorne’s high cheekbones.
So, she entertained a penchant for roses after all. Precisely the excuse he needed to invite her to tour his conservatories and spirit her away from the watchful eye of the duchess. Franny could accompany them and act as chaperone.
Flynn controlled the satisfied grin threatening to twist his lips. “Did you know the great bard, Shakespeare, professed a fondness for them? He proclaimed, ‘Of all the flowers, methinks the rose is best.’”
Mrs. Thorne nodded, her interest fixed on a painted porcelain vase poised on a side table. “I’m partial to them myself, though I cannot claim such a complicated endeavor as breeding them. I simply tended a few humble plants in our gardens. I don’t believe they numbered in excess of ten in all.”
Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers.
She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
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