Item description for Fortune's Kiss by Lisa Manuel...
Overview Moira Hughes goes to London to fight for her family's portion of her stepfather's fortune as a servant to the heir, Egyptian archaeologist Graham Foster.
Practical, country-bred Moira Hughes must fight for the family fortune she believes her stepfather's heir has unlawfully withheld from her. Graham Foster, treasure hunter and Egyptian antiquities expert, returns to London to claim his barony only to find himself accused of foul play by Moira and her family. Finally coming to a wary truce, Graham agrees to help Moira find her lost fortune, and together they follow a trail of fraud, deceit, and murder that leads them through the streets of London—and into each other's arms.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 4.1" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1933836350 ISBN13 9781933836355
Availability 0 units.
More About Lisa Manuel
Lisa Manuel is the author of Mostly a Lady. She lives in Coral Springs, Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Fortune's Kiss?
I wanted to like it... Jul 20, 2008
but this book was just sort of boring. I couldn't seem to get into it. I picked it up to read several times, but it just didn't grab me. I was disappointed because I really wanted to like this book==Egypt and all that, but this book just didn't work for me.
Forgettable heroine but nice hero Jun 9, 2008
Lisa Manuel's novel misses the mark of being a really good book, mainly because the heroine is so judgmental and the hero's family so greedy and grasping.
The heroine, Moira and her mother are left penniless and forced to leave their home after both her stepfather and fiancé die, but on his death bed her stepfather told her a codicil of his will was left for his family.
The new Baron is adventurer Graham Foster who has been in Egypt for the last ten years. When he arrives back in London he is met by his uptight sister, wayward brother and money hungry mother. He has no knowledge of Moira's plight.
Moira is determined to find the codicil and becomes a maid in the household hoping to search for the will. She is discovered and Graham being a kind hearted hero ensconces her in his home, listens to her story and helps her find the codicil.
Moira is not overly grateful for his help. She wants to be independent, asking for no charity. It seems a thank you is hard for her to express but not her judgments about how Graham should be treating his family. She has plenty to say bout that.
Graham is a likable chap. He is funny and smart but more importantly he is compassionate and noble. He has a pet spider which I never could warm up to in this novel. A spider will always just be a spider to me and it is hard for me to imagine it as more than a crawly insect.
Moira's icy façade begins to fade but just when she becomes warmer she is met with what she believes is her stepfather's betrayal and she makes Graham pay for every man's sin.
The one character I did enjoy in this novel was Graham. His transformation from rakish boyish wanderer to a rock of Gibraltar for his family was touching. He finally moved on from his past hurts and was willing to forgive. Moira was priggish and her pride got in the way of a deep romance. I felt like Graham was madly in love while Moira's emotions were more controlled and lukewarm. Thanks to funny, sunny Graham, this book gets 2.5 stars.
amusing engaging historical romance Mar 28, 2008
Her beloved stepfather Everett Foster always promised Moira Hughes and her mom (his widow) that he has insured they will be provided for in the event of his death. Moira understands that the brunt of the estate must by law go to his heir. However to her chagrin the codicil to his will, if it was ever written, is missing not filed with the will in the Prerogative Court in Canterbury; soon afterward the solicitor Mr. Smythe of Smythe and Davis, Legal Consultants is dead.
Desperate to find it, Moira accepts work as a maid at Monteith Hall, the house she once lived in as a lady, so that she can search for the codicil. Meanwhile the heir Egyptologist Graham Foster returns to England, a place he left years ago in scandal, accompanied by his African Sun Spider. He finds his wastrel family pretending to welcome him while unable to hide how they want this usurper back in Egypt so they can spend his estate's assets without care or control. However, he is attracted to Moira, who reluctantly tells him her story. Being an adventurer and in love, he helps her investigate her late stepfather's life and helps her search for the missing codicil.
This is an amusing engaging historical romance starring two likable heroes and a zany out of control support cast. The story line is fast-paced and though a nineteenth century tale with its obvious period piece moorings, in some ways the structure of the plot feels more like a 1930s madcap romantic suspense comedy. Fans will enjoy Graham's efforts to prove to Moira that men like Everett and himself don't stray from love.