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Lieutenant Rick Redepenning has been saving his admiral’s intrepid daughter from danger since their formative years, but today, he faces the gravest of threats--the damage she might do to his heart. How can he convince her to see him as a suitor, not just a childhood friend?
Travelling with her father’s fleet has left Mary Pritchard ill-prepared for London Society, and prey to the machinations of false friends. When she strikes out on her own to find a more suitable locale to take up her solitary spinsterhood, she finds adventure, trouble, and her girlhood hero, riding once more to her rescue.
This novella first appeared in the Bluestocking Belles box set Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem.
Well Written Tale
Life on a ship is all Mary Pritchard has ever known. Truthfully where she would much rather be; definitely not traipsing across a field running away from London and her horrid aunt and cousin. No, she wasn’t running “away”, she was running “to” her paternal aunts who lived in the country – a place she feels she will fit in.
Since the age of fourteen, Rick Redepenning (now Lieutenant Rick Redepenning) seemed to always be rescuing the little sprite that was his Captain’s daughter. At least he did until orders took him elsewhere. Now years later, recovering from an injury, Rick is the one running away; away from friends embarrassed by his injury and a sister who smothers him with care.
His travels bring him upon the little sprite, who isn’t so little anymore, traipsing across a field with valise in hand and spots danger approaching. Seems things never change. Surprised to see the man of her childhood infatuation come to her rescue yet again Mary tries to hide her irritation and reluctantly agrees to let him deliver her to her aunt’s; a delivery in which neither imagined the outcome.
A well written tale by Jude Knight that had this reader feeling right in the middle of the adventure – from Mary and Rick’s first meeting, the whirlwind that is Aunt Dorothy to the two conniving cousins – this reader felt it all.