Coffee Time Romance & More






ISBN#: 978-0-440-24432-5
August 2008
Bantam Books
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Mass Market Paperback
404 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Verity once lived a very different life, but she is now a famous, or infamous, chef, and her meals are coveted by all in high society.

Stuart Somerset is a rising star in the political world about to make an advantageous marriage to the daughter of one of his colleagues. He cannot forget the woman that he fell in love with ten years before.

When Verity’s employer and former lover dies, his heir and brother Stuart inherits the estate and its employees, including the chef Verity. He fell in love with a stranger ten years before, Verity, but the difference in their stations caused Verity to disappear from his life. She knows all too well about the effects of scandal.

This author gives the reader a consistently engrossing story about life in late Victorian England. The characters are multilayered and have a great many secrets. Verity is particularly interesting. Her background is nothing like the life she leads now, but a scandal in her past forced her to reinvent herself totally. She is very successful at her career, unusual for a woman of her time. Stuart is the love of her past. A successful barrister, he is rising in the political world and might one day be Prime Minister. Marriage to a servant would end all that. His chosen fiancée is the perfect political helpmeet and a good friend, but not the love of his life. She has her own story within the tale. The stories of her employees and the gamekeeper’s adopted son make another good subplot. The author slowly reveals all of the main characters’ secrets leading to a wonderful climax. This is another great story by Ms. Thomas.

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