Nominated for Best Small Press Historical by Romantic Times!
An unspeakable secret threatens to destroy the Earl of Westbridge’s tranquil life, so he seeks refuge while he plots an honorable course of action. Disguised as Robbie Darkwood, he finds sanctuary as a living, breathing hermit on the estate of Mr. George Gardiner, whose daughter is in London, making her mark on society.
Miss Laurel Gardiner returns from London disillusioned and wanting nothing more than the sanctuary of her secret library in her father’s stone hermitage. When she finds her sacred space occupied by a handsome and enigmatic hermit, she decides to set aside her passion for reading and invest that energy in something more pleasurable – playing matchmaker to her father’s hermit and her newfound, recently jilted, friend in London.
Can Robbie and Laurel chart a course through the hazards of society, family and their own forbidden desires? Or will the earl’s secret destroy the love growing between them?