by Jennifer Delamere
Alice McNeil resolved at a young age to travel through life unencumbered by love or marriage, free to make her own decisions. A seasoned telegrapher, she’s recently acquired a coveted position at an important trading firm, but when the company’s ambitious junior director returns to London, things begin to change in ways Alice could never have imagined.
For Douglas Shaw, years of hard work and ingenuity enabled him to escape a life of grinding poverty. He’s also determined to marry into high society–a step that will ensure he never returns to the conditions of his past.
He and Alice form a friendly relationship based on mutual respect, but anything deeper is not in their plans. However, when Alice accidentally raises the ire of a jealous and vindictive coworker who’s intent on ruining her life, Alice and Douglas are forced to confront what is truly important in their lives. Will their growing bond give them the courage to risk finding a better way?
A sweet beginning to a delightful new series.
I’ve always enjoyed reading about telegraph operators. This particular era in history is fascinating and I found it very informative and even educational.
I also loved Alice as a heroine. Her determination, love of learning was fun to read about. She’s definitely a heroine worth knowing! Full of spunk and determination, and a bit of orneriness…
The romance was sweet if a bit amusing.
I enjoyed seeing how it all played out.
The story did progress a bit slowly, but over all I found it an enjoyable read.
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