Rebecca Jennings’s first London Season has been absolutely ruined, and one person alone is responsible: Mr. Ben Fortescue. If her new neighbor hadn’t startled her, she would never have broken her ankle, leaving her bored and frustrated at home in the country while her sister enjoys the London Season alone. Although, it was rather gallant of him to carry her home.
For his part, Ben feels terrible about the role he played in Miss Rebecca Jennings’s accident. In the days that follow their first disastrous meeting, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the surprising young woman—first out of guilt and then out of a stirring affection. But Ben hides a secret: he has not been completely forthright about his identity or about the dark secrets of his past that would make it impossible for romance to blossom with Miss Jennings. Despite his love for her, he knows he must let her go. With her ankle finally healed but her heart now broken, Rebecca is left with little choice but to throw herself into the Season. With eligible men circling this late addition to the Marriage Mart, it seems that Rebecca will have no shortage of suitors. If only her heart were free to give.
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Loved this book. The relationship and tension between Rebecca and Ben kept me engaged and entertained through the whole story. Definitely recommend!!
AN ACCIDENTAL ROMANCE by KAREN TUFT is a most enjoyable novel with delightful characters, set in Regency England with the pomp and ceremony of the London “ton” together with the simpler country life in Lincolnshire, both very well portrayed. Rebecca Jennings and Ben Fortescue are neighbours and it is the style between the two properties that is the scene of their first meeting - where Rebecca breaks her ankle. This causes Ben, who feels guilty at causing the accident, to break out of his self-imposed solitude and spend time with her, trying to make amends. When Ben arrives in Lincolnshire to take up the property he has inherited from his great unce John, he hides the fact that he is, in fact, an earl. He is a broken man and is looking for healing after an unhappy marriage and the death of his wife, leaving him with a baby girl. I like the fact that among Rebecca’s five brothers there is a clergyman whose Bible references seem to speak to Ben’s situation. Rebecca, after her initial frustration with Ben for causing her to miss going to London for her first Season, longs to be able to help this man, that she has come to love, find healing. She has grown up with five brothers and has quite a good understanding of what makes men tick, but she feels he is hiding something from her, that causes him to be rather volatile. That is all I am going to tell you for fear of spoiling things! It is a story about letting go of the past and going forward, of taking up one’s responsibilities and of the importance of family. There is also some humour anf lighthearted banter. It is altogether a most worthwhile read. I was given a free copy of the book by NerGalley from Covenant Communications. The opinions in this review are completely my own.