Kate Noble ~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
The Lie and the Lady (Winner Takes All)
Security is the most important thing in life to Leticia, Lady Churzy. A year ago, she was a widow with little funds at her disposal. She fell in love, but he lied about his identity, which made her a laughingstock. It required fleeing to Paris to find her ticket out of her humiliation-- a man to marry. Sir Barty is everything she dreamed of in a husband, so she happily travels to Lincolnshire in anticipation of being his bride.
But things are not as she dreams. She gets off on the wrong foot with her stepdaughter-to-be, who is much older than she expects. She alienates the villagers by claiming that London is the only place to get wedding finery. And one of her worst nightmares has come true, for the village of Helmsley is the home of John Turner, whose lie ruined her life the year before. John can't believe she's in his town either, and each of them fears the other will ruin everything.
Kate Noble's latest is part of the "Winner Takes All" series, but easily stands alone. Leticia is a spectacularly vivid character that readers will grow to love, and the denizens of the tale, from Sir Barty to the townspeople, will linger in readers' memories. John and his magnificent mother, consumed in their concerns of the family mill, complete the chemistry in this brilliant tale.
Heather Nordahl Files