Graham Foster has experienced some tragedies of his own. He has spent the last several years as a treasure hunter in Egypt because he was forced to leave England after a scandal where he was accused of cheating and even a trusted family friend, now a Bishop, didn’t believe his cries of innocence. Graham has made a name for himself in his travels and discoveries and he has no desire to go back to
. However, when he learns of his inheritance of a barony from a distance relative and when the news that his mother, brother and sister have been running up debts in his name reach him Graham heads back to
to clear up the mess as quick as he can. He wasn’t expecting to run into a beautiful young lady who accuses him of stealing and concealing a codicil from her stepfather’s will.
Graham isn’t at first convinced that Moira complete understood her stepfather’s last statement before his death, but when questions raised lead to a death and a missing person Graham begins to believe that Moira’s problems scratch just the surface of some deeper crimes. Together Graham and Moira search out clues left behind to find where her stepfather’s codicil is and what it contains that would cause someone to kill to keep it hidden. As the danger mounts up so does the attraction between Graham and Moira, but will the two young lovers live long enough to enjoy their new found passion or will whoever stole the codicil end their lives before they can discover the truth.
FORTUNE’S KISS by Lisa Manuel is an excellent historical romantic suspense. Moira is a strong-willed young lady who stands up for what she believes in and isn’t afraid to put herself on the line to find out the truth. Graham starts the book as a man who has no use for family ties, but throughout the book begins to realize that his family needs him to care and surprisingly enough he also needs the love of his family. I really enjoyed watching Graham and Moira search through the clues and finally figure out the mystery surrounding her stepfather’s codicil. This is an exciting and enjoyable book and one you don’t want to miss.