"Strong Victorian romance"
In 1892, English expatriate Stuart Aysgarth is living in
Russia when he belatedly received the telegram informing
him that his father died and he was now a viscount with a
wealthy estate. The next telegram stated that his Uncle
Leonard insisted Stuart was dead, claiming the estates as
his, and raided them. Stuart worries mostly about a
statue. When he arrives his fears prove real, as all he
sees is the empty niche in the wall.
Stuart driving his coach at breakneck speed runs over a
lamb belonging to Emma Hitchhikes. She demands remittance,
but he refuses so she moves his money from his account to
hers, but he catches her. Stuart blackmails Emma into
helping him regain some of the items, especially that
statue that his uncle stole. As they work a sting
together, Stuart and Emma fall in love, but though quite
avaricious, Leonard is not going to go away quietly.
The key to the strong Victorian romance, UNTIE MY HEART, is
the ability of Judith Ivory to persuade readers of a
relationship between the aristocratic Stuart and the sheep
farmer Emma at a time where social classes still ran in
different circles. The story line is amusing, sensual, but
filled with suspense on two levels. Will Stuart and Emma
untie each other's heart and will the sting succeed?
Though Leonard is too greedy to take seriously, fans will
take pleasure from this astonishingly good late nineteenth
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 10, 2002
Stuart Aysgarth, dark, exotic, rich, and powerful has just
Russia after a twelve year absence from England. He
returns to much turmoil
over the title itself--his uncle has convinced others that
Stuart, the son
and heir, doesn't exist. But nothing proves so challenging
as the turmoil
resulting from his run-in with a local sheep farmer, Emma
will have fairness from him, even if she has to steal it.
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian