Publication Date: February 25, 2021
About the Author: Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.
Lord Farnsworth is sentimental about one thing–the house that belonged to his mother. But when bankruptcy threatens, he comes up with a plan of assured brilliance: he will sell the estate to the charming young lady who wants it, and then charm her into marrying him so he can have it back. What follows is a wooing of horrific lengths and hilarious proportions.
Sally Duncan, the rich heiress who has purchased the place, is horrified to discover the former owner taking up residence in the lodge next door. What’s more, he’s determined to strike up an acquaintance with her and will stop at no excuse to stop by…repeatedly. As Sally begins renovating the house for her own purposes, she finds she’s struck a nerve with Lord Farnsworth. But despite his dismay, he refuses to capitulate and continues his romantic campaign. Will Sally ever see that there’s more to him than the funny fellow who offers her a squirrel for supper?
This romance has the rare quality of making the reader laugh out loud. Lord Farnsworth, swimming in the shared pond, desperately trying to attract Sally’s attention is comedic gold. The turn the story takes when Farnsworth discovers the reason Sally wants the house is heartwarming, and the romance that blossoms between the two brings a whole new dimension to the tale. Recommended.