Published in 2015
H/h - Sir Percival Hanbury/Lady Leticia
Setting: England, 1804.
Read in August, 2015.
Ann Clement’s debut novel, Debt of Honor, had been a thrilling read! It was surprisingly good with great writing, storytelling with twists and turns that kept me hooked till the end, not to mention, the characters.
The last thing Sir Percival Hanbury, or Percy, wanted was a marriage of convenience to get back what should’ve been his by right. Wycombe Oaks was Hanbury ancestral home for hundreds of years until a tragedy and a foolish night of gambling (thanks to his father) passed it onto his neighbor, the Earl of Stanville. Percy’s mother had already passed at childbirth leaving both father and son bereaved. Edward had been wrecked with guilt and misery; a man given up on life, who drank heavily. After Wycombe Oaks also passed on, one day he too left this world when months of heavy drinking finally took its toll.
After that, Percy had lived with his aunt and uncle, who were very warm and affectionate. But all Percy ever wanted was to get back Wycombe Oaks. It’s not like he needed it. Percy was rich and had the means to buy whichever house he wanted to. He had Bromsholme, another big, thriving estate where he was currently living. However, his pursuit of Wycombe Oaks was purely emotional. It was the ‘home’ where he grew up in; where his best memories were of his parents, happy together. Even in this completely ruined state, as Stanville did nothing but suck it dry, Percy wanted it back to return it to its past glories. And no matter how extravagant a price he offered, Stanville like the very devil he was, refused to sell Wycombe Oaks back to him.