The Gentry Love Affair
Grays Hill By Barbara T. Cerny
After her father committed suicide rather than face his mounting gambling debts, Oksana Wallingford knows she will have to work in order to keep food on the table and her younger brother, the new baron, in school. When her best friend finds her a position as the nanny of his brother’s children, it is the opportunity Oksana needs. But what she didn’t contend with was Rafe, the recently widowed Duke of Essex and her new employer.
Oksana and Rafe’s personalities are like oil and water. However, what begins as mutual hate slowly begins to change into something more. But what future can they have when Rafe has sworn off marriage for good?
As the mismatched pair struggles to come to terms with one another, a disaster that throws everything into question strikes them both.
When I started reading Grays Hills, the very first emotion I felt was shock, the nice kind of course. I had not expected to see a heroine in a historical romance so strong, and determined and sure of herself, I was reminded of Jane Austen and her heroines. I fell in love with Oksana Wallington the moment I met her. Geoff or Lord Tarkington is her best friend; he is also the brother of the Duke of Essex or Rafe.
When Geoff finds out that his best friend OJ has lost her home, he ensures that she gets the position of the Governess of the Dukes Children. Oksana takes the job, the Kids, Grays Hills and all it has to offer to heart. Rafe is heartbroken after his wily wife passes away at childbirth, and is afraid to live and trust again. Oksana and Rafe are like the opposite polls of the magnet and there is always attraction when they meet. But with her outspokenness and the Dukes suspicious nature it is very difficult for them to get along. This is the story about how they fall in love.
As for the characters loved Oksana, her grit and resolve to make the best out of the worst situation, her quick thinking and wit, and her beliefs, positive attitude and her principles are all what set her apart from the other female characters in the book. Geoff is an amazing friend, a great brother and the perfect uncle, and the friendship between Geoff and Oksana has been portrayed beautifully. Rafe is a man who has dealt with a lot in his life at a young age, the death of his parents, responsibility of his siblings and a bad marriage that ends in the death of his wife. The anger towards all this is clearly evident in the book. How he overcomes his anger to learn to love again is what is to be seen.
All in all, the book is a perfect romantic read and I will rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Looking forward to read more books by Barbara Cerny and falling in love with some more amazing characters.
Meet the Author
Barbara T. Cerny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She served twenty-two years in the US Army Reserves, retiring a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007. She is an information technology specialist and supervisor. Barb writes historical romances good for late teen and adults. She puts a lot of history and adventure into her work. Words are her passion, they do matter.
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