LADY CHARLOTTE'S FIRST LOVE is the second book in The
Sutherland Sisters series and can easily be read as a
standalone. This is the first book I read in this series and
found it was easy to keep up and figure out what was going
on. The story starts with Julian returning to London with a
hero's welcome and outstanding reputation. But, Julian feels
like a fraud. To him, there is nothing heroic about leaving
your friends to die in the field. His plans are to stay just
long enough in London to fulfill a promise to his cousin's
wife. Since Charlotte (Eleanor's younger sister) stole
Julian's heart they think he is the only one who can help
her after the death of her husband. Julian owes Ellie and
knows that doing this favor will help to repay that favor.
What could possibly go wrong? He gave his heart away to her
once and she broke it but that will not happen again. Or
When Julian sees Charlotte, he knows she is not the same
woman he fell in love with. This story proves that a single
decision can change many lives and futures. This book was
not an easy read for me because of all the sadness,
darkness, troubles, and turbulent times. Charlotte has an
attitude of one who does not care about anything, not even
her family or her sister's feelings. She feels as if she
deserves to be punished and that her sister needs to be
punished as well.
Then there is Julian, who is a hero that is hiding a dark
secret that is causing him to snap at Charlotte. He is hurt,
feeling lost and darkness inside. Somehow these two are
meant for each other with all their problems and issues. The
conflict between the two creates drama that will have you
questioning if these two should be together or not. Can they
manage to work through all these miscommunications?
Nothing in this book seems to be light, uplifting or happy.
It is definitely not a book to read on a dark gloomy day.
The setting is wonderfully described and seems to be the
perfect backdrop for this story. The characters have
interesting backstories that seem to help mesh with the plot
line and setting to create a good read. I just cannot get
over the darkness and sadness of this book. Other than that,
this is a good book. I do plan on reading more of this
From spirited young woman to reckless widow, the
beautiful Marchioness of Hadley remains a force to be
reckoned with. But beneath her antics lies a broken heart .
Since her husband’s tragic death, Lady Charlotte Hadley has
embarked on a path of careless behavior and dangerous
hijinks from which no one can divert her . . . until
suddenly, her first—and only—true love reenters her world.
Their fiery romance was so scandalous Charlotte had no
choice but to marry another, more suitable man. Surely now
they are both free to pick up where they left off . . .
Julian West has returned to London a hero after making a
name for himself in battle at Waterloo. Every woman is vying
for his attention—except the one who stole his heart. No
matter, Julian has other obligations. But when Charlotte’s
sister, Eleanor, charges him with protecting the widow from
ruin, what ensues is another kind of battle—one that leads a
chase from London’s bars and brothels to the finest country
estate as Julian and Charlotte untangle a host of secrets,
regrets, and misunderstandings. For could it be that the
love they’ve forced themselves to forget is exactly what
they need to remember? . . .