Barbara’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Windham Brides #4
Publication Date: 3/6/18
Grace Burrowes creates her own worlds and populates them with the most delightful and intriguing characters. The characters in this book fall right into that delightful and intriguing category. The banter between the characters is very entertaining and you’ll often find yourself smiling – especially in the early chapters of the book. For example – in an exchange between Charlotte and Sherbourne, where she has talked about being ruined, the following exchange takes place. Sherbourne says, “That’s a taste of torrid, a mere sample. A lovely sample I might add.” Charlotte replies, “You torrid very well, Mr. Sherbourne. May I prevail on you to ruin me?”
Charlotte, as the last unwed Windham, has become the family project. The Windham’s are all matchmakers and they have driven Charlotte to the point that she has just about decided to become ruined in order to stop the matchmaking. She is a very acerbic, prickly young lady and does not suffer fools. She’s plainspoken – perhaps to the point of being rude. Charlotte once scolded Wellington for hiding in the card room at her aunt’s ball rather than standing up with the wallflowers.
Lucas Sherbourne has little, if any, use for the aristocracy. He views them all as shiftless, lazy and not particularly honorable. However, he has finally made a bit of a truce with his neighbor, the Duke of Haverford (who is married to Charlotte’s sister). In London, Lucas rescues Charlotte from an overly amorous and enthusiastic marriage proposal. Sherbourne ends up proposing as well – as a business arrangement rather than a romance and Charlotte requests some time to decide. When he comes for the answer, she refuses – but then – she kisses him – where anyone could see – and they did. Charlotte and Lucas are married a week later.
Most of the story deals with how two people who are so much alike can find their way into happiness and love in a marriage of convenience. Throw in some financial difficulties, an aristocrat bent on causing trouble, landslides, and a few other things and you have a fun-filled, fast-paced and very interesting read.
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