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The Weary Heart (Unmarriageable #5) by Mary Lancaster. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Pride versus passion

Sir Marcus Dain lives for adventure. Most other things, including his large estates and his inevitable marriage, he considers wearily to be matters of duty rather than pleasure. Until he encounters fearless, intriguing governess, Miss Helen Milsom, at the Hart Inn.

Sparks fly in terms of both temper and desire, but something in this quite unsuitable woman touches his cynical heart. Then old promises and devious, matchmaking mamas get in the way.

Helen, having lost her chance of marriage ten years ago, is resigned to spinsterhood. Holding onto pride, which has seen her through many difficulties, she fights her inappropriate attraction, even when she is falsely accused and loses her position, and Sir Marcus offers her only safety.

Misunderstandings and the villainous behaviour of Helen’s one-time betrothed, combine to part them, but Marcus will not give up and sets out to remove all the obstacles to their happy-ever-after.


After a short holiday Miss Helen Milsom has returned to her job as a governess,  only to find the family she works for have left for a friend's estate and she must follow them.  Hours of rattling around in the old coach doesn't put her in the best of moods when she stops for the night. The rude behavior of the other occupants of the inn doesn't help.
Sir Marcus Dain has got bored at home in England and is searching for adventure.  Just a short visit with some friends and he's off to Russia to keep a promise. 
There seems to be a traveling party to several estates which could be fun if it wasn't for the objects that are disappearing. Old acquaintances make the atmosphere very tense. Lots of mixed signals and misunderstandings.  
A fast paced historical romance with very interesting characters,  some of whom you might have met in previous books.  
Great fun..


Mary Lancaster's first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films - simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.

As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.

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