Sunday 9 November 2014

               True Pretenses (Lively St. Lemeston)

                                                                    Rose Lerner

Ash Cohen raised himself and his younger brother, Rafe, in the slums of London. They survived through any means possible and by the time they had reached adulthood they were confident con artists who tricked people out of their money.

Ash is heartbroken when Rafe becomes disillusioned with this ignoble life and wants out. He is determined to grant his brother's wish and seeks to set him up for life in one last big con. Ash's plan of action is to find a wealthy heiress and convince her to marry his brother. He sets his sights on Lydia Reeve, whom he discovers is anxious to gain access to her inheritance so that she can help the needy in her community. To do so, she needs a husband. Marrying the pair off would be the solution to both their problems. 

Ash's matchmaking plans go awry when he finds himself falling in love with Lydia. Also, family  secrets and past sins threaten his freedom and his relationship with his brother. 
When Rafe disappears and Ash is arrested, the rosy future they had envisioned turns bleak.

Poignant and romantic, this is not the usual lighthearted, witty historical romance that most readers of the genre would expect. The Cohen brothers had a bleak childhood and there is a deep sense of this throughout the story. It shapes the characters' interactions with people and their expectations from life. Nevertheless, the reader is taken on a very interesting journey and you can't help but hope for, and delight in, the rags to riches happily ever after.

This title is available to pre-order now on Amazon and will be published in January 2015

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