A Precious Jewel
Once Miss Priscilla Wentworth had been a well-bred young lady. That was before family tragedy left her without shelter from poverty and want. Now Priscilla supposed she should count herself lucky that a gentleman like Sir Gerald Stapleton wanted her to be his most favored favorite-someone who was worthy of being his mistress. But Priscilla was not foolish enough to think that lucky in lust mean lucky in love--just as Sir Gerald did not dream that Priscilla could be anything more to him than a plaything of passion.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sammii507 - LibraryThing
I know a lot of people think that Mary Balogh's romances are bleak, and there's some truth to that. It's one of the reasons I like them. This book was good, I thought, although it had a lot of similarities to her later books, especially the "More than a Mistress" series. Read full review
Review: A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes #2)User Review - Séverine - Goodreads
The plot of this book is certainly unusual but it needed all Mary Balogh's talent to raise the challenge and to give us a really beautiful and moving story. I will review this book much longer asap ... Read full review