More Than a Stranger by Erin Knightley

More Than a StrangerWhen Lady Evelyn Moore (aka Evie) is 11, her adored older brother, Richard, goes off to Eton and starts talking about his new pal Hastings. Evie does not want any competition for her brother’s affections, so she writes the upstart to tell him as much:

Dear Mr. Hastings,
I am sorry to tell you that my brother already has a best friend. I don’t care that you can shoot and ride well. Besides, I promise that you cannot ride better than me. Kindly leave Richard alone.

Hastings, far from being annoyed by her missive, finds it an entertaining and diverting way to pass some of his time at Eton, and writes her back. Funny and clever, his response demands a reply from Evie, and she obliges with her own sarcasm and wit. It’s no surprise that the letters continue and a deep friendship develops, despite the fact that neither has seen the other in person. That event is set for Evie’s 16th birthday, but before they meet Hastings cuts off the correspondence abruptly and breaks Evie’s heart. He has a good reason, but she doesn’t know that.

Fast forward a few years, and Hastings is in trouble. He turns to his old Eton friend, Richard, for shelter, and runs right into Evie. Since she’s never met him in person, he makes up a name for himself to avoid the confrontation he most definitely deserves. Naturally, the attraction between them is instantaneous and his one lie becomes another until the pile of falsehood he’s built is waiting to fall down around his ears. Evie cannot figure out why someone she’s only just met is so very familiar to her… and there’s something suspicious about him, in any case.

Well written, with believable characters and entertaining dialogue, this is the first in a series, and written by our own North Carolina author, Erin Knightley, who is participating in our series of Meet the Romance Author events. She will be at the Cameron Village Library on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. and the Southeast Regional Library on Saturday, March 29, at 2:30 p.m. Please see our website for more details.

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