“Kate” Kilgarth is not quite a proper young lady. She’s
always enjoyed traipsing outdoors instead of embroidery.
What she can’t understand is how her childhood friend and
confident, Lord Laurence, has changed so much. To make
matters worse, he disapproves of her interest in Broughton
Hall and its new master.
Broughton Hall has been boarded up after Lord Peter was
killed in a fire. Now his older brother, Jason, has arrived
to set everything to order. Kate’s curiosity prompts her to
investigate. But she can hardly explore with Laurence
seeking to undermine her at every turn.
Is it ire
or something more that has her feeling so flustered by his
Stirring Passions’ framework recalled Barbara
Cartland, Georgette Heyer, and a touch of Jane Austen, the
various plot twists, intrigues, and surprises kept me on my
toes. Another point was the author did her homework when
it came to the setting and the social mores. For me, that
was part of the appeal of reading this story because details
always add just the right amount of realism.