One mistake ruined her… One man can redeem her!
When an ill-fated affair left Beatrice Penrose with more than just memories, she fled to Scotland to raise her son away from society’s eyes. But the past catches up with her…and Preston Worth is impossible to deny when he’s sent to bring her home.
Preston has known Bea since childhood, but only now does a forbidden and unexpected desire spark between them. And when Beatrice’s and her baby’s lives are threatened, he makes her an offer of protection she can’t refuse…as his wife!
The last in the “Wallflowers to Wives” Series doesn’t disappoint, for the last three books it has been building up to this beautiful and thrilling finish.
Beatrice ran away to Scotland on finding out she was pregnant, she sets up herself in a little cottage in a village where everyone knows each other, for the first time in her life she is finally at ease and free to do as she wishes. No parents to rule over her, no husband to make demands of her; free to raise Matthew as she wishes.
But, Bea is living day-to-day in fear, she is afraid that her son Matthew will be taken away from her – as was done in the time – or if she re-enters society that her precious son will be ostracized, she can bear scorn for herself but not for her innocent baby. Her biggest fear though is that Matthews’s father will find out about him either force her into marriage or take Matthew away from her, neither option is good for Bea.
She could face the shame for herself. There were other fears, bigger fears. ‘I won’t let them take my son,’ Beatrice said with quiet force. This was the real fear…
So when her childhood friend Preston Worth turns up at her little cottage, she thinks the worse and her fears are confirmed when Preston gives her the ultimatum that her parents have given her; go home and do as she is told or be cut off and end up destitute. She has no choice, but to return.
Preston only took on the task of collecting Bea because her parents said if he didn’t do the horrible deed of dragging their daughter home, then they would find someone who would. Well, Preston isn’t going to let a stranger go anywhere near Beatrice and her baby, so he accepts the job. What he finds when he gets there blows his mind, she isn’t what he expects her to be like. She has grown into this beautiful, mature and sensual woman.
Beatrice and Preston’s area match made in heaven, once you get past the animosity between them, both are Stubborn, and highly opinionated and both think that what they say is right and everyone else is wrong. Both are highly loyal and protective.
Beatrice is a lioness, like any mother protecting their young, she will fight to the death to protect her cub and everyone, especially Preston better watch their backs. I really like Bea, she is a strong and resilient young woman.
Preston has held a candle for Bea since childhood and on seeing her again, as a mother, he has fallen head over heels for her. He is amazed at what a magnificent woman she has become, and he vows that no one is going to harm this woman.
He is a complex man, after being wounded while on a mission, he has turned into a sort of loner or recluse. He prefers to be alone but he also knows that he has to do his aristocratic duty by marrying and producing an Heir but he is very reluctant to do either until he sets eyes on Bea. When that is actually his first thought, at how amazing it would be to live this life with her.
One of the things I really like about this is how Scott put Bea’s situation as the main plot, this highlights just how dismally unmarried, single mothers were treated in the era. How just because they didn’t have a husband that they were threatened with having their children taken away and manipulated into marriage just so that the family looks good. I think Scott has got Bea’s predicament spot on as well as her fiery personality. Scott has shown just how much of a struggle these incredible women had to go through just to live day-to-day. I have so much respect for Beatrice she faces the stigma of being classed as a fallen woman with grace and aplomb, she is a feisty heroine and one I really like.
Preston really comes into his own in this, he grows into a man right before your eyes. From a carefree, reclusive agent to a serious kind and responsible man, who is mature enough not to scorn and be embarrassed when he sees a woman breastfeeding her child. The way he treats Matthew is truly beautiful, the way he takes him on as his own is marvellous and just shows how great a man he is.
Even the baddie is a great character and is a real stinker and Scott has his spot on. He a typical aristocratic maniac who acts like butter wouldn’t melt, he s a pompous ass and in my view a proper fruit loop.
This has been a great series, this is such a great way to say goodbye to these four couples we have seen them through so many hardships and watched them transform from naive Wallflowers to a strong woman and it is marvellous.
This was an ARC copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Marrying The Rebellious Miss is out now and can be found on Amazon.