The bride and groom cordially request the presence of…
The bride’s sister, Delilah, the very proper widowed Lady Hargate, and Samuel Russell, the groom’s friend, a very eligible, slightly improper bachelor, at their upcoming wedding. Lady Hargate and Mr Russell, previously acquainted during one unforgettable night in New York City when caution–and clothing–were thrown to the wind will choose to pretend they have never met before. The lady plans to avoid love and its complications at all costs. The gentleman intends to change her mind. Guests are invited to enjoy the many diversions of Millworth Manor–delightful grounds, lavish drawing rooms, secluded corners–and the chance to discover that one night may have been only the beginning…
I’ve never read a book by this author before. Immediately, I was happy to see it was set in the second half of the Victorian era (beginning in June 1887). This is a time with so many possibilities, but also a time that is largely overlooked by many authors who favour the first half of the 19th century as a setting.
This is also the third book in a series, and I do think I was missing out on some things by beginning the series here.
I liked that the book began in New York City before transferring to Britain. There’s a big gaping hole in the historical romance genre. You can find US-set books about the Wild West, but you can’t find much about all the big, exciting places further north. If people wrote more with that setting, I’d be very happy.
In fact, my favourite part of the whole book was the scandalous (and for once the use of that word actually fits with the theme of the book!) event with the two lead characters in the New York hotel room.
There were an awful lot of character interactions that made me wish I hadn’t started with the third book, but it wasn’t that terrible to get through without the background knowledge.
One thing I struggled with was that everyone was very, very proper with the way they spoke, and occasionally it felt a little too forced.
This isn’t a book with a huge amount of conflict, and it doesn’t have any particularly dreadful obstacles for hero or heroine to overcome. If you’re looking for something in historical romance that rolls along at a comfortable pace, then this might be a book for you.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.