The Penniless Debutante by Janice Preston
The Penniless Debutante is book 3 of the Lady Tregowan’s Will series of historical romances. Three young woman are drawn together at the reading of Lady Tregowan’s will; they discover that they are half-sisters.
This is the story of Aurelia, the penniless daughter of a milliner. The timing of the will gives Aurelia opportunities she could only dream of; however, the will has stipulations for the inheritors which will test Aurelia to her limits.
Max Penrose, the Earl of Tregowan, has been crushed by the news that he won’t be inheriting from the will of the late Lady Tregowan. He had planned to use the money to pull himself and his estate out of debt while supporting his mother and sister. He’s left completely puzzled by the late changes to the will.
On a coach to London Max is distracted from his troubles by a young woman, but he believes that she has secrets about herself; these become very apparent when they arrive in London and Max is shocked by what he learns.
A lovely finale to this trilogy, I have read about Aurelia in the stories about her two half-sisters and I was eager to read her tale. She had quite a battle with her conscience before she settled with what made her happiest. I have enjoyed the whole series, and the stories are ideal books to read for a bit of afternoon escapism.
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When she inherits a fortune!
The will that sees Aurelia Croome become wealthy forbids her from marrying the new Lord Tregowan. That wouldn’t be a concern if the only man to catch Aurelia’s eye during her first Season wasn’t Maximilian Penrose—Lord Tregowan! Why is it that no one else has Max’s honor, wit or tantalizing good looks? The specter of being poor again haunts her—but the thought of sacrificing passion for comfort is just as terrifying!