Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Anna Leighton is a teacher at McAdam Academy for the Deaf in London. When her fourteen year old sister went deaf after an illness she did everything in her power to learn how to do sign language and whenever she had a holiday she taught her sister. She changed her sister’s life and she eventually married. Now Anna wants to do what she can to help others.
Lady Eleanor Woods has requested a teacher for her brother David and the head of the school recommended Anna. When she arrives at Mayfield Manor she finds herself tutoring not a child but a man close to his majority (twenty). She has only dealt with children but how will an adult deal with her teaching him.
David went deaf at the age of five when the carriage he and his parents were in crashed leaving everyone dead and him without his hearing. His sister Eleanor became his guardian and gave up her chance at a happily ever after to raise him. After all these years she has brought a tutor for David because a cousin is claiming he is disabled and incompetent and that the title of Baron and all property and money be given over to him. His cousin believes that David is unable to live a normal life and cannot marry. Without an heir noone will carry on the family name, something Desmond is able to do.
While undergoing his training Anna and David become attracted to each other. Unfortunately, Eleanor failed to teach David the most important things. She concentrated on him being a gentleman but never had him taught about women. She stopped teaching him piano and stopped all parties since she was convinced he couldn’t dance. She totally underestimated him something Anna did not do.
David grew up with no knowledge of what layed behind his pants, it became” It” to him and he had no idea what to do with “It” until he saw a horse breed. His sister managed to have every horse or animal gelded so he would never see what happens between a male and female even if they were animals. Another mistake Eleanor made was learning sign language did not show that David was competent because he could not really communicate unless it was with another person who knew sign language. Her heart was always in the right place but she failed in many ways.
His feelings for Anna grow as well as her feelings for him but she is a country doctor’s daughter and he is a Baron. He also only has knowledge of what a woman and man do by reading one of his father’s porn books and seeing the horses. I do not want to say anything more about this book because it is something that has to be read. I loved this story because it reminded me so much of the Classics I read i.e. Jane Eyre, books that never grow old and can be read over and over again. I loved the era it took place in where a woman never saw a naked man and where a woman was considered past her prime at twenty.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough especially if you are a lover of the Classics.