Lady Susannah Haddonfield is still quite young, but has
given up any hope of a marriage of her own, and only
wants to see her younger sister, Della, make a successful
match. Then she plans to become a doting aunt and to
spend her time with the books she loves so much. She did
have hopes for herself when she first made her debut, but
mean-spirited attacks from other girls wore her down.
One gentleman, Will Dorning, came to her rescue, and
there was a definite spark of interest between them, but
nothing further ever came of their acquaintance, and they
haven't seen each other for a long time.
Will is the second son of an earl, and until his older
brother, Casriel, marries, he's the heir. He has also
taken on many of the duties that Casriel should be
handling himself, such as the supervision of their
numerous younger brothers. Will has an affinity for
dogs, and has the reputation as the finest trainer
around. Between his family obligations, his dogs, and
his lack of fortune, he hasn't had time for a personal
life, much less a marriage. Years ago, he was very
interested in Susannah, but never pursued a relationship
because he felt he had nothing to offer.
A unique series of events brings Will and Susannah back
in contact again. Susannah is not a dog lover, yet the
man courting her sister professes to be, and further
states that a woman who doesn't favor dogs is not
acceptable. In order not to jeopardize his courtship of
her sister, Susannah asks Will to tutor her on how to
give the appearance of being fond of dogs. Will and
Susannah both still carry that spark for each
other from years ago so their time together is
bittersweet since their situation has not changed.
Will (short for Willow) is a typical Grace Burrowes
I fell in love with him. He is kind,
honorable, caring, honest, and self-sacrificing. He
basically has put his whole future on hold to take care
of his family, when he'd like nothing better than to
marry Susannah and take her off to a country estate where
they can be happy together. While I admire Will
immensely, I also wanted him to shake up Casriel, and let
him carry the burden that was his to bear.
Susannah is determined to enjoy whatever time she has
with Will before she "retires." Will is upfront about
his feelings for her, and also about his lack of fortune.
While Susannah appears quiet and bookish, she also has a
strength and determination, and Will finds he can't
resist her. As they spend more time together, their
love becomes stronger, and Will knows he has to find a
way to make Susannah his.
WILL'S TRUE WISH is a touching romance with a dash of
mystery, an odious villain, and a satisfying conclusion.
If there were such a thing as comfort food for books, a
Grace Burrowes novel, with its warmth and emotion, fills
the bill. I'm happy to highly recommend WILL'S TRUE
WISH, as it left me, once again, with a smile in my
From New York Times and USA Today
bestselling author Grace
Burrowes comes another sparkling Regency romance filled
desire and drama
It's a dog's life...
Will Dorning, as an earl's spare, has accepted the
duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though
Will's only true companions are the dogs he's treasured
since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a
series of dog-nappings, Will's brothers are convinced that
he's the only person who can save the stolen canines from
But the lady's choice...
Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with
loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like
dogs so as not to offend her sister's only marital
Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most
awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a
dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he
the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together
rescue the purloined pets, it's loyal, dashing Will who
steals Susannah's heart.