Pub Date 17 Oct 2017
Lady Henrietta Parker, daughter of the Earl of Blakemoor, has turned down many a suitor for fear that the ton’s bachelors are only interested in her wealth. But despite the warnings of her dearest friends, Harriet and Hero, she can’t resist the challenge rudely posed by her stepsister: transform an ordinary London dockworker into a society gentleman suitable for the “marriage mart.” Only after a handshake seals the deal does Retta fear she may have gone too far . . .
When Jake Bolton is swept from the grime of the seaport into the elegance of Blakemoor House, he appears every inch the rough, cockney working man who is to undergo Retta’s training in etiquette, wardrobe, and elocution. But Jake himself is a master of deception—with much more at stake than a drawing room wager. But will his clandestine mission take second place to his irresistible tutor, her intriguing proposal . . . and true love?
“Through the title and premise of the book, Wilma counts pays homage to the 1964 film My Fair Lady but manages to put her own stamp on the tale. Like the movie, a person from a lower class is taught by someone of a higher class how to speak and act with maturity and finesse. Unlike the movie, the motivation of the main characters is deeper and more complicated. In addition to the romance that is brewing, there is a heavy reference of government conspiracy that will appeal to readers who are true historians…Overall this is a satisfying read.” - RT Book Reviews