Claire Mayhew has jumped to the top of my favorite historical romance heroines. She is an independent woman that refuses to accept that she needs a man to life her life. But she does need a man to approve the lease of her store, and that man doesn't believe that women can be in business on their own.
Cyrus isn't a bad guy - he just holds view that most men of his time held. Women need to be married or living with a male relative to keep the out of trouble and protected. It may sound sweet, but I couldn't imagine actually living that way. When he falls for Claire and finds out who she really is, he makes it his mission to find a way to show her he's right.
Well, saying that doesn't go as planned would be quite the understatement. This may sound like a fluff plot, but dig just a bit deeper and we have a mystery, sabotage, and threats on people's life going on at the same time. All this is woven so beautifully together. One of the best and most original historical romances I've read in a long time
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*