Romance author Jennifer Conner's latest historical short story, "Redemption for a Rouge," is an utterly romantic, sexy and sweet tale about a handsome lord and a young widow.
Old Lord Mitchell pushes his son John to partake in the running of the family's mill and estate on a daily basis, but how can John run a factory successfully when he can barely read? After the death of his brother and his wife in a boating accident, John also has an orphan nephew, Graeme, to care for.
Instead of listening to his father, John stages one drunken episode after another, hoping that his old man will send him away to France or Spain once and for all.
After three months of searching for a placement as governess to support herself and her young son Charles, young widow Vivienne Ravenhill is happy to find a position at the Mitchell estate. Her duty will be to tutor old Mitchell's grandson, Graeme, in the old man's words "the only hope for this family."
The day of her arrival, Vivienne finds young and handsome John Mitchell passed out in the living room. Needless to say, he doesn't make the best of first impressions on her.
However, gradually she comes to know him as the noble, loyal and sensitive man he really is. Encouraged by her offer to help him, he lets her teach him how to read and write, helping him overcome his special disability.
The attraction is immediate between them and tension sparks as they spend more time together. But then old Lord Mitchell dies and John is left with full responsibility of the mill, the estate, and Graeme. Will John forever regain his confidence and get rid of the insecurity that stands in his way to happiness and success?
Set in 1855, "Redemption for a Rouge" is a well-written historical love story full of tenderness and romance. The tale is unusual in that it tackles dyslexia. I'd never read a romance story before with a dyslexic hero, especially a historical one, so that was original.