Be calm, she thought. Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she has found a suitable match in suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendly. But dare she hope he will notice her as the lady she’s become?
With Harlequin Mills and Boon’s historical romance line you never know exactly what you’re going to get. The line publishes books set in many different eras, ranging from sweet to steamy. The Makings of a Lady is a more traditional take on the Regency romance, which I think the cover helps to portray.
The book opens four years before the main story. The heroine thinks the hero has asked to see her so he can propose; he has actually come to tell her he is moving to Australia (without her).
We pick up in in the “future”, with the hero’s return and a lot more obstacles in the couple’s path to happiness.
My favourite thing about this book is the way author Catherine Tinley writes her settings. She knows her landscapes and her nature, and the story isn’t just set in “England”, the historical romance character, but England, as it is.
Readers who come into this one might be surprised by the different pace, and some people might be frustrated by the heroine’s naïveté, but there is plenty to like here.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.