Upon Your Return by Marie Lavender, Reviewed by Venture

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Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.

But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.

Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.

Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society in this exciting tale.


Fara Bellamont lost her parents as a small child then is forced to live with her uncle.  He is a cold man who dislikes women and the first thing he does is send her to a convent to be raised as a “proper” lady.  As soon as she is done at the convent he decides to marry her off as soon as possible.  He finds a bachelor that he approves of and tells her later of his decision.  She goes out to meet him and is grabbed by some rogues.  They planned some horrible things to be done to her.  Grant Hill comes in and stops them and protects her. Fara is entranced by her hero but he is a lowly Captain.  There is no way her uncle will approve of the match.  In fact, her uncle blames her for putting herself into a situation where she has to be saved.

Grant Hill is a man who not only protects Fara from harm but he also protects her honor.  He doesn’t understand how her uncle can be so cold to her.  Time and hardships are ahead of both of them.  Especially since within days of getting rid of her last fiance her uncle finds her a new one.  Captain Grant might not be good enough for a match for Fara but he is the only one who seems to care for her as a person and wants to protect her.  Will they be a happy memory or have a future no matter how unlikely it seems?  You will have to read to story to find out.

I don’t always feel so completely part of a character as I do with Fara.  I understand how she feels.  She wants to be loved and hasn’t felt that since her parents died.  She doesn’t understand why her uncle thinks all women are prone to being harlots.  She just wants to find happiness.  I also understand loving someone to the exclusion of anyone else, that you’re willing to risk everything for them.  Even when you find yourself alone and might never see them again that the memories are enough.  I think this contemporary romance is one of the best I have read in a very long time.

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