The Heir

BY Grace Burrowes

Burrowes, Grace; The Heir

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: 1-Dec-2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 471
Genres: Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781402244346
Source: library
Rating: 3 stars

Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the Duke of Moreland. To escape his father’s inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper…
Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.
As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna’s secrets threaten to bring the earl’s orderly life crashing down – and he doesn’t know how he’s going to protect her from the fallout…


As you probably know, based on my WWWW, I read a lot of historical romances. So many that I don’t want to review them because they start blending together. Occasionally I come across one that stands out, despite its low rating of only 3 stars, I found this novel to be pretty good. A problem prevalent with a genre such as this one is that many of the plots are similar. (Half the time I pick up one at the library, I have to check goodreads to see if I’ve read it because I honestly can’t tell by the blurb on the back cover.)

The Heir (which happens to be the second book of this title I’ve read this year) stood out to me because of both its characters and plot. I appreciated that for about half the novel I had no idea why Anna was hiding, and as for Anna herself, she is such a strong character.  The Earl, the other main character, is a beautiful person inside and out (particularly if the cover gives any indication of his aesthetics). The low ranking is because while it was an interesting and romantic read, it suffered from a common ailment of historical romances, stupid characters. Besides this, it was a good read that kept me hooked.

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