The Reluctant Heiress

by Dilly Court

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Reluctant Heiress

A lovely, heartfelt and riveting romantic saga with plenty of courtship, dastardly deeds and family drama on offer.

Another truly lovely and heart-warming romantic saga from the award-winning Dilly Court. When Kate arrives back in London from India in 1858, she determines to help the poor and opens a soup kitchen however rival gangs place her life in danger. Dilly Court opens up a world and allows entry for your reading pleasure as the settings come alive under her pen. Kate is bright, courageous, and determined to do the very best she can. There are several potential matches for Kate, who will you warm to? Romance is also on offer for a number of other characters which creates a delightful will-they-won’t-they atmosphere. Each character adds depth, even if only on the page for a moment. The tension is high with scoundrels and out-and-out villains trying to outwit each other. This novel really does fulfil all the requirements of a romantic saga. The Reluctant Heiress contains wonderful courtship, dastardly deeds, and plenty of family drama, ensuring a riveting read.

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The Reluctant Heiress Synopsis

The brand-new unforgettable romance saga from the No.1 bestselling author.

Taking deep breaths of the cold city air, Katherine whispered, 'This isn't the London I know.' East-End London, 1858. In London's twisting streets, it's hard to tell friend from foe. And for Katherine Martin, arriving back in London after years away, the city is far crueller than she remembers. Her eyes opened to the plight of London's poor, Kate is determined to do what she can to help - even if it means defying her parents. In secret, she opens a soup kitchen. But there is a world of criminals within London's poorest alleys. Catching the notice of Harry Trader and his gang, Kate is out of her depth. Until she begins to discover that her true enemies might not be who she thought...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008287917
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Dilly Court
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Primary Genre Romantic Fiction
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The Reluctant Heiress Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Dilly Court's stories always have lots of layers and this book was no exception. Full of detail with a very heart warming story.

Dilly Court's stories always have lots of layers and this book was no exception. Full of detail with a very heart warming story.
Kate and her family return to London from war torn India in 1858. She is "of an age" where she should be looking for a husband, but her heart lies in an unsuitable match with an Indian Soldier, Ashok, much to her very strict and traditional parents' disappointment. Not knowing if Ashok is alive or dead following the terrors of the uprising, she sets about making a life in London.

Alerted to the plight of the poor and needy, she goes blindly into the opening of a soup kitchen using money inherited from her late Uncle. Help comes from unexpected sources and she makes new friends. She inadvertently rents a building for the soup kitchen from a local villain, Harry Trader. 

In an exciting climax to the book, Harry Trader is not all he seems and Katie's true enemies might not be who she initially thought.

Dawn Vanstone

A very enjoyable read based in the East End of London in 1858.

I loved the description of the East End of London, the poverty that our Reluctant Heiress Kate Martin, saw. It was only after coming back from three years in India that she noticed it, but she wanted to try to do something about it. This is her tale. Of course, there is plenty of romance and there are 'bad people'. It is as I imagine society would have been. I loved the fact that Kate and her friend were able to travel to India on their own - a voyage that took 4 months - that surprised me. The description of India brought back happy memories for me.

I saw this book as a good old fashioned romance, and it left me with a lovely warm feeling. Hope you enjoy it!

Alison Bisping

Having left her first love in India, Katherine Martin soon becomes a wealthy woman. She tries to help the poor and finds herself involved in a battle between rival gangs.

In 1858 Katherine Martin and her parents arrive in the east India docks, London after escaping the conflict in India.
Feeling unsettled and missing her first true love and largely ignored by her parents, she opens up a soup kitchen with the help of her maid.
While helping to feed the poor Kate is soon drawn into the middle of a battle between two rival criminal gangs.
This was an enjoyable read with entertaining characters and many ups and downs.

Teresa Thomas

The Reluctant Heiress was pure escapism from the realities and cruelties of modern times.

The Reluctant Heiress was pure escapism from the realities of modern times. The story transfers the reader to 1858 in London where the lives of the rich and poor intertwine to reveal hardships, ives if crime and greed, friendships and stories of love.

Katie Levers

Dilly Court Press Reviews

Praise for Dilly Court:

'Feisty female characters to fall in love with in a spirited, adventurous novel' Sunday Express

'Dilly Court's latest novel is another page-turner that will keep you gripped to the end - 5 stars' The People's Friend

'As always Dilly keeps you absorbed right to the end' Choice

'A rollicking, fast-paced adventure with a hint of romance!' My Weekly

'Spellbinding . . . you just keep turning the pages' Daily Mail

'A fast-paced, riveting read' Sunday Express

'A heart-warming, fast-paced story that will keep you gripped till the end' The People's Friend

'Feisty female characters to fall in love with in a spirited, adventurous novel' Sunday Express

'Atmospheric, vivid and compelling' My Weekly

'An excellent, well-researched read' People's Friend

'Perfect for Downton Abbey fans ... heart-tugging' Peterborough Telegraph

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ISBN: 9780008287917
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Format: Paperback

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About Dilly Court

Dilly Court is a Sunday Times bestselling author of over thirty-five novels. She grew up in North East London and began her career in television, writing scripts for commercials. She is married with two grown-up children and four grandchildren, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband.

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