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..until you find a prince. "The Phantom Lover" is a prince of a book. It's the story of Captain Henry Thorne, sixth earl of Thornbury, who has returned to his crumbling family seat to live in isolation after being wounded in the war against Napoleon. MIA Henry feels his life is over, all his dreams of marrying his beautiful fiancé and plans for the future are destroyed by cannon fire. He doesn't want anyone to know he is still alive other than the caretakers of his isolated Cornwall estate, who cared for him as a boy. Out of love, they will do anything for the Earl, even if it means hiding him from the world and turning away unwanted visitors.
Nell Belden rejects the very wealthy, utterly insufferable nobleman her financially strapped guardians (Henry Thorne's uncle, who gambles away his monthly allowance willed to him by his brother and Henry's grandfather; and his high society wife who lives to give lavish parties) have been pressuring her to marry. They love Nell, but need the money an advantages marriage would bring them, so they banish Nell to their isolated Cornwall estate after she scandalizes London with her improper behavior and jilting three suitors. They hope the isolation of Cornwall will bring Nell to here senses and compel her to do her 'duty' by them.
The caretakers of the Cornwall estate try to get rid of Nell and Henry's aunt, who has accompanied her to Cornwall. But Nell does not discourage easy, so the caretakers have no other option than to let them stay. Henry hatches a plan to send them back to London, but he doesn't count on Nell's tenacity.
Morag Sims gave a good performance.
Good clean entertainment!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Such a delightful novel! Witty, humorous, warm, charming. Just the way a sweet romance should be :-)