I know today’s post is late today, but I figure you can have your coffee with dessert tonight. Today’s review is a wonderful historical romance by Jennifer Wenn, A Family Affair. The characters are enchanting and the story is well-developed. I truly can’t wait for the next one from Jennifer Wenn. With this review I hope you all have a great week ahead. Be sure to see my full review after the book blurb.
Lady Francesca Darling has been in love with Devlin Ross, the Duke of Hereford, since she was five years old. When they meet again at her debutante ball she finds her feelings remain the same, and to her joy he is mesmerized by her. To the gossipy matrons of the ton it’s the perfect match—the richest heiress and the most eligible bachelor.
But can their budding love survive her interfering family and the deep scars from his father’s abuse? Enchanted as he is with the delightful woman Fanny has become, Devlin intends never to repeat that abuse, vowing not to live with his wife and children.
Fanny is a determined young lady — she wants Devlin and a true marriage. Is her love strong enough to tear down all his walls?
Fanny or Lady Francesca Darling as she is known to the ton has loved Devlin Ross since she was five. Having figured she was already passed this she doesn’t expect to run into him at her coming out ball. Let alone run into him on a darkened balcony. Fanny immediately recognizes the newly returned Devlin. She treats him as she as always treated him, like part of the family. Devlin doesn’t recognize Fanny until her Uncle Rake catches them in a possibly compromising position. Once he realizes who it is he can’t keep his mind or his heart away from Fanny. But, his upbringing gives him much to pause about. He refuses to be like his father so he devises a plan to ensure his children aren’t influenced by the evil that influenced his growing up. So through Fanny’s family’s interfering and over protective ways, Fanny and Devlin find their way together. But, when Fanny throws Devlin a curve ball he is forced to go through with his crazy plan. Fanny refuses to let him get away that easily. Can Fanny and Devlin find their way or will they both end up broken-hearted.
I adored Fanny and Devlin. Though Fanny is like a lovesick puppy at times she is also fearless and very admirable. Devlin on the other hand is one that changes from the beginning to the end. It isn’t just Fanny and Devlin who make this story so memorable. Her family is an intrigal part of the story and of her life. They are an entity unto themselves and are very entertaining. I can see Rake and Penny’s story coming and I can’t wait. I think Jennifer Wenn has a really good thing going with these characters and prospective storylines. If you’re looking for your next good historical love story I definitely suggest picking up Fanny and Devlin’s story. You will fall in love with them along with all the other characters in Jennifer Wenn’s A Family Affair.