Thursday 6 October 2022

Something in the Heir by Suzanne Enoch (2022)

In Something in the Heir, clever, competent heiress Emmeline Pershing will do anything to keep her beloved home; all it takes is an arranged marriage and a teeny white lie to fulfill her family’s silly inheritance rules! What could go wrong? She and her completely unsuspecting husband are about to find out, when they inherit big—and very messy!—trouble in this charming romantic comedy by New York Times bestseller, Suzanne Enoch.

Emmeline and William Pershing have enjoyed a perfectly convenient marriage for eight years. Their relationship is a seamless pairing of their talents and goals and they’re quite happy in their well-ordered, separate lives—or so Emmie thinks. If Will secretly longs for a bit more from the woman he adores, he’s managed to be content with her supreme skills as a hostess and planner, which has helped him advance his career.

But when Emmie’s grandfather, the reclusive Duke of Welshire, summons his entire family for his birthday celebration and demands they bring their angelic little children, William is stunned to discover that his very proper wife invented not one, but two heirs to fulfill the agreement for living at Winnover Hall. Emmie and Will are convinced they can solve any problem together…even producing an instant family! Surely they can borrow two orphaned cherubs to call their own for the occasion! Enter George, age 8, and Rose, 5—the two most unruly orphans in Britain.

As insanity unfolds, their careful, professional marriage of convenience takes some surprising turns as well. Perhaps it takes a bit of madness to create a perfect happily ever after.

This is a romantic story that happens backwards- the pair become engaged in the opening pages and spend the rest of the novel gently falling in love. However, the romance is done very subtly and it isn't the main focus of the book.

A few more sweet scenes between Emmaline and William to show a spark in their relationship would have brought my rating up to a five. 

The heart of the novel is the relationship Emmaline and William develop with the two orphans they borrow from the orphanage. 
Rose and George are hilarious and totally adorable. I loved how they expressed themselves whether it was polite or not. It was heartwarming to watch them interact with William and Emmaline as well as the staff and slowly bring laughter and friendship back into the household. It was difficult not to like the children and hope that Emmaline and William would resolve their issues and find a way to adopt them and save their home.
There were a few twists involving the children's older brother that added extra drama. 
The inevitable HEA for the newfound family was heartwarming and uplifting.
 A really charming and delightful story that I found difficult to put down.


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