Hearts of Honour #2
Elise de Sallier
Pub date: June 18, 2015 (ARC review)
H/h - Jonathan Loring/Grace Daniels
Read in June, 2015.
Duty and Desire is the second book in Elise de Sallier’s Hearts of Honour series. While I still love the author’s writing style, as it was as sweet and lovely as ever, and found most of the characters amazing, I wasn’t fond of the plotline. After loving book 1, I was totally looking forward to this installment. However, the story frustrated me to no end and I ended up disappointed.
Book 1, Passion and Propriety told us the story of 2 childhood friends, kept apart a long time by the trickery of fate, who had a chance of reuniting when they needed each-other more than ever. William, the heir to the Viscount Blackthorne, returns home from war badly injured, only hoping to die in peace. He always hated his autocratic father and a legacy full of debauchery, thanks to his ancestors; a fact that kept William from entangling with the fairer sex. Completely. His estate was falling apart because he hadn’t returned ever since he left home and the estate manager certainly didn’t anything to remedy it. Moreover he was filching money off the estate, leaving it in shambles. But then the news reached that his father has passed on. William had no interest of returning any way, until he was injured.
Hannah, the Vicar’s eldest daughter, had been William’s only friend when he was but a boy of 12. Hannah was a bit older than him and probably took a pity on the lonely boy who didn’t have any playmates, yet couldn’t mingle with the others because of his rank as the Viscount’s son. Hannah hadn’t seen him ever since he left home… until one day, when she was sure that she’d be a spinster for the rest of her life. William was present at the back of the church, though she had no idea it was him. Later they find that he’s injured, badly in need of help. Hannah promptly summons her best friend, the healer and the midwife of the village, Grace. Grace is an expert on herbal remedies and with Hannah’s help, they pull William through this. In the process, Hannah and William become closer again, and find themselves falling in love.