Barbara’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Series: The Heirs of the Aristocracy #1
Publication Date: 2/21/20
Number of Pages: 330
What a delightfully entertaining and romantic romp through early Victorian England this was. It left me with a smile, a giggle, and a heartfelt sigh. It flows smoothly, is well-plotted and the characters are delightful. We get two lovely romances and two HEA’s in one book – how can you beat that? One of my favorite things was getting to visit with Milton Grandby, Earl of Torrington who has been featured in many of this author’s books. Milton was featured in his own book, The Christmas of A Countess, along with his lovely bride Adele. Now, over twenty years later, we get to see their twins marry. How lovely is that? The devious Milton has plans afoot to settle his children and the last of his many godchildren and it was so much fun to see all of his machinations fall right into place.
George Grandby is one and twenty, and unlike most of his peers, he is ready to marry. His parents were older when they married and George doesn’t want that for himself. He has no clue who he will marry – until – one day while riding in the park with his sister, he sees an absolute vision. He stares, open-mouthed and watches her until she is out of sight. That is it for him, he is smitten!
Lady Anne Wellingham, daughter of the Earl of Trenton (My Fair Groom), is just shy of her eighteenth birthday. She’s supposed to be preparing for her first season, but she just isn’t interested. She wants to marry – now – and she wants to have a child. As soon as she sees George Grandby in the park, she knows he is the one for her.
Lady Angelica (Angel) Grandby, twin sister of George Grandby, hasn’t ever seriously given marriage a thought. She has wondered why she hasn’t received any offers during her previous seasons, but never thought much about it – and then she discovered that it was because her father was discouraging them. She knows her father has a man in mind for her to marry, but, well, she’s sure he’s old and, while she’s willing to meet him, she doubts she’ll be interested.
Sir Benjamin (Ben) Fulton has just completed building his observatory in his back yard. When he arrives at the train station to pick up his new telescope, he sees an absolute vision – an angel – and he is intrigued. However, she is the daughter of an earl and he is a lowly Sir – even though he will most likely inherit an earldom from his brother who has sired nothing but girls. When that same angel comes stomping into his observatory accusing him of being a Peeping Tom, that is it for him – he is totally smitten.
This was a totally happy, romantic, and witty read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. There is no page-after-page of angst, no conflict, no villains, just happy, loving people with loving parents finding their own loving relationships. What a welcome change of pace!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.