Morgan's THE DAUGHTER OF AN EARL has complex characters that we get to know a bit at a time. All have their secrets and only seem to share them on a need to know basis. Lady Emily and Brett, an American businessman, are front and center and have a great deal of chemistry that neither knows what to do with. Both have been hurt in the past and are afraid not only to love again but to ever marry. When they are together the sparks fly no matter how much they try to hide it from themselves or from those around them. Her sister, Julia, and Julia's husband, Daniel, are always in the mix as well since Daniel is a school friend of Brett's and they had been in business together. Drummond, a friend and co-worker of Emily's deceased fiancée, was an antagonist that had very little to be liked about him or to redeem him. His personality was weasly and he always felt superior to others and especially to women. He liked to manipulate situations and always felt he couldn't get caught. Watching the story unfold touched on a lot of emotions. There was a back story that was alluded to throughout and enough information was provided that I didn't feel at a loss not having read the first book that introduces us to the Chandler family - Emily, Julia, their brother and father amongst others. There was illness, despair, horror, fear, tears, sadness, happiness, laughter, lots of social activities and engagements, staff, servants, businesses to run, family and friends, lots of loving and love along with the mystery to be solved. There was nice closure and a happily ever after. I hope the story continues since Brett has two sisters that matches need to be made for as well as Brett's cousin who is out chasing his love.
Morgan is a new to me author and I will be adding her other books to my always growing TBR pile. THE HEART OF A DUKE appears to be a connected story with Lady Emily's sister, Lady Julia, front and center and takes place before THE DAUGHTER OF AN EARL.