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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dark Heritage by Yvonne Whittal. Dark Heritage by Yvonne Whittal. When her parents were killed in a plane crash, Dale was thrust out of her lonely world at boarding school into a new life with her handsome guardian, Rick Crawford.
Then she discovered the disastrous truth about her heritage. Now she dared not fall in love with Rick. He knew the humiliating circumstan "Your eyes harbor dark secrets.
He knew the humiliating circumstances of her past, and besides, he had Melissa. She possessed everything Dale longed for--beauty, confidence, a proud heritage. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Harlequin Enterprises Limited. More Details Original Title. Dale Palmer , Rick Crawford. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dark Heritage. The dark heritage is the circumstances of the heroine's birth. Her mother died right after her birth, with father unknown.
The way the letter was written the heroine gets in her head that her mother died insane. And she's worried she will go insane or pass on some mental health defect to her children.
The hero is to be her guardian for two years and he tries to be an avuncular figure, but he keeps slipping up - like calling her moonflower and kissing her at odd times.
Luckily, he has an evil OW to keep them apart. He also has a lovely mother who takes the heroine under wing and a widowed sister who researches plants. After finishing her secretarial course, the heroine moves out of the hero's mansion and ends up living with his sister and acting as her secretary. The hero drops in to court her with the OW hanging around. There is a cute side romance for the hero's sister and a nice OM for the heroine to go dancing with.
The hero eventually declares himself after the heroine is pulled out to the sea by a rip current. The heroine thinks he's offering marriage out of pity. The heroine asks for time and goes to see the nuns. She gets the good advice to actually talk to the hero. She died of a virus. The heroine really does grow up during the course of the story and I felt she was well matched with the very smitten hero.
View all 11 comments. Mar 15, Naksed rated it really liked it Shelves: guardian-and-ward , strong-smart-heroine , harlequin-romance , ow-om-drama , beta-hero. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. YW really spent her time developing the heroine's character in a plausible and emotionally poignant way. Not too much sad violin playing.
The heroine is the kind not to dwell on the very real tragedies in her life but pick herself up by her derriere and embrace life and the future. I loved that she had interests and occupations quite separate from her infatuation with the hero. She was well educated, smart, artistic, and independent. The hero definitely made some mistakes where she was concerned, inflicting unnecessary pain on her, but the resolution of the book makes it quite clear that they came out of good intentions and he felt so guilty over being besotted with his ward that he tried to keep her at arms length until he felt that she was old enough to make up her own mind about her feelings for him.
And it rather helped that he was quite jealous over her without coming off as a big fat jerk even as he could not admit his feelings for her. I loved that the author made the hero fall in love with the ugly duckling BEFORE she got her make-over and even after her make-over, she did not materialize into a vamp but just enhanced her natural beauty. Since the theme of the book is that beauty is from within and that character and integrity can outshine cold, hard, surface beauty, I think that the author made her point very convincingly and for once, I believed and rooted for an HEA for those two.
View all 10 comments. Jul 05, KC rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars-liked , harlequin-presents , beta-hero , kisses-only-or-nonexplicit-sex , misunderstanding , poor-comunicatin-skillz , ow-or-om-real-or-wannabe , sweet-heroine , virgin-heroine.
Not much to say about this one. But I didn't like how Rick used the other woman as a shield against his feelings for his ward, heroine Dale, for SO long.
Two years. It made his avowal of love at the end ring less satisfying. I know he was trying to be noble, but his being celibate would have been more noble. However, since he didn't rein in the snake in his pants I think the Not much to say about this one. However, since he didn't rein in the snake in his pants I think the situation would have bothered me less if his passion for Dale had been more unrestrained and overt.
Which is the amount of time Rick had to wait for Dale to reach her majority 21 , and time in which he'd fallen in love with Dale. He would have waited longer, but her near-death experience prompted him to ask her to marry him sooner rather than later. The only plus to his using Melissa is that he did say, at the end, that she had become a nuisance after the first year. I also didn't like how he dismissed Dale's concerns and questions regarding Melissa anytime she expressed them. Melissa may not have been important to him, but Dale didn't know that.
View all 8 comments. Sep 15, Leona rated it really liked it Shelves: hqn-presents. Interestingly enough this is one of those books that I know I have read and rated before, but it has disappeared from my reviews and ratings. View 1 comment. One of the sweetest guardian-ward romances out there, this one has a "plain" and awkward young woman thrust out of her convent into her guardian's home when she inherits a legacy from her recently deceased parents.
Having been ignored all her life, the heroine has little to no self esteem, and initially finds it awkward to be a part of her guardian's life. But soon, the gentle coaxing of his mother and his own kindness and pulls the heroine out of he "Dark Heritage" is the story of Dale and Rick. But soon, the gentle coaxing of his mother and his own kindness and pulls the heroine out of her cocoon and a butterfly emerges. As attraction blooms between the hero and hero, he pushes her away to his widowed sister's home.
But with a young man tempting her, will the hero give up on her? Caring and kind characters fall in love in this slow burn romance. I am not a big fan of endearments but did enjoy when the heroine was referred to as "Moonflower". Also, the secondary plot involving Alex and Joe was enjoyable. Feb 13, StMargarets rated it really liked it Shelves: angst-by-misunderstanding-lies , black-library-on-line , harlequin-presents , vintage , yvonne-whittal , 4-stars.
Orphaned, convent-raised heroine is 19 when she meets her guardian, a lawyer. She goes to live with him and his mother while she attends secretarial school. She finds out the 'truth' of her heritage when she sees a letter from her father explaining the circumstances of her illegitimate birth to his "demented" younger sister.
Heroine runs with this storyline, convinced she can never marry or have children, lest she pass on the insanity gene. He sends her away to live with his writer sister.
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