A Westminster Wedding
by Kathleen Buckley
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Pub Date 20 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2022
The Barding earldom may be doomed. A shocking suggestion may provide another potential heir.
Miles Halliwell, Barding’s man of business, owes everything to the earl. Does loyalty to his employer require him to deal with a known criminal and incite forgery? Unfortunately for Miles’s peace of mind, it may.
To protect her family's reputation, Julia St. John, daughter of a baron, has given up her comfortable life to live in obscurity with an illegitimate child. She has no better future in sight, until Barding's man of business offers a possible solution and a new life.
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A Westminster Wedding is the story of Julia St. John, a spinster raising a toddler, in the country under the name of widow Julia Perry. Her father learns that the child's father has died by a inadvertent response by her half sister Cecilia, he offers Jeremy to them. Miles Halliwell, Barding’s man of business, is sent to discover whether this is a ruse or truth. If the child is the heir of William, then the child should be brought to the family.
Julia, the mother of the illegitimate child has plenty of proof he is the late heir's son. She accompanies the child, named Jeremy, to the Earl of Stretton's estate, and plans to leave him there and return to her former life, but the Dowager countess insists she stay.
Miles Halliwell is very observant and has come to some conclusions about Julia and Jeremy. After disclosing those to Lavinia a plan is concocted to insure that Jeremy is somehow made legitimate, despite all evidence to the contrary.
To protect her family's reputation, Julia St. John has given up everything to live in obscurity with an illegitimate son. After a recent harsh letter from her father she realizes she has no future in society, until Miles suggests a possible solution and a new life, what does a few more lies matter at this point.
I really enjoyed this book. I was engaged from start to finish and couldn't wait for the ending although it was wrapped up a bit to quickly. It makes me want to read more about this family.
There are many characters to keep straight and it was a little wordy. But after getting used to the cadence it was very entertaining. I loved Lavinia and the whole time I pictured her as Maggie Smith's character from Downton Abbey. I highly recommend this book.