I enjoyed this story a great deal. I Loved Delia and Charles. The story kept me captivated and I liked the mystery too.
Set in the Victorian times, this story tells about the adventure of Delia who is trying to avoid the marriage made by her father by accepting the post as governess to a gentleman-of-means. Delia's first encounter with her unknown employer is in the shop owed by her father where she deliberately short-changes the purchase. Delia then begins to cross-swords from the very beginning with Charles Hayward from the onset of her employment resulting all forms of discipline resulting from her dishonesty and disobedience.
I enjoyed this book and the relationship that grew between Charles and Delia. Delia was sweet and funny. But, I had a problem with Charles when I discovered he was a bigamist, was paying his 'wife' a monthly fee to keep her quiet and never said a word to Delia. She deserved better from him. It's just my opinion though, and I did have fun reading the book.
Delia finds herself fleeing from her father and an unwanted betrothal to become a governess to a single father only to find herself in the home of a dominant man happy to take her to task for her mistakes. Falling in love never was in the plan, but fate and menacing threats push this unlikely yet meant for each other couple together. Charles has his secrets and his dark desires for an age play relationship, and Delia though naive finds herself a willing and eager participant. Sweet story, likable characters, good read.
I enjoyed this story but it left me with more questions than answers. Delia is a spoiled, thief, hard working daughter with a loving father yet he has sold her to a horrible man to marry. Charles is an alpha married banker all about appearances. Everything seems rushed and does not hang together well. There are spankings and spicy sex with some age play. Not a bad read!!
This was a delightfully fun read with a feisty young woman, a stern but kind alpha man, witty dialog, and a well written storyline. This was a fast paced page turner and I didn't put it down until I finished it.
Delia's Debt was an extremely enjoyable story. I liked Delia in spite of her habit of stealing, as she was trying to help her father, who's business was struggling. I felt for her, desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a gambling rogue, as she ran away to become a governess. I loved Charles, as he is kind, considerate, and loving, as well as disciplined and dominant. Edward and Ida were both strange, each with his/her own agenda. Their parts in the plot weren't entirely believable, but were nevertheless intriguing, adding a bit of mystery and suspense. I could have done without the drama of Delia's father, but that's just me. Charles and Delia together were perfect, including the dialogue, the spankings and the other activities they engaged in. I wish the book had gone on longer, as I read it in one sitting and wanted to keep going. I'm hoping for a sequel to this very entertaining story.
I have so many questions about the plot of this tale. Firstly, why would a loving father want his daughter to marry a man like Fred who had such a dreadful (and we are told) well known bad reputation? Secondly, how did a poor shop keeper afford a governess for his daughter? Thirdly, if this was a Victorian tale, why was Delia 'losing her cool'!!! We are constantly told that Charles is an honest man, yet he is and remains a bigamist after marrying Delia! Enough said, I did not enjoy this story at all.
I enjoyed this Victorian story that has a wild and feisty Delia, who has a penchant for theft, able to pickpockets, and even swindle customers of their correct change. She has worked in the fabric shop with her father since she was 12-years-old and has know he has arranged marriage to a man she cannot stand. Running away to become a governess lands her with Charles Hayward and his daughters Emma and Alice. What is going on in this household that cannot retain a Governess for very long? The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning with entertaining dialog and a unique situation between Charles and Delia.