Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future.
This Regency picks up where the first book in the series left off but it can safely be read as a stand-alone. I liked that the characters I knew from the first book appeared in this one but I got to know them from Jessamine’s point of view–and they were not friends right away. In fact, neither were Jessamine and Lancelot!
Quite the contrary.
Jessamine is still suffering from being freshly jilted. Lancelot, recently returned from the mission field, is at a crossroads. They meet awkwardly, they form distorted impressions of each other, and they are equally intrigued and put off by the other throughout the better part of the book. Reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in an amusing and interesting way.
Though the first part of the book was interesting, it moved slightly slowly. No matter, for this was soon forgotten when disgrace and scandal enveloped Jessamine and tragedy tore through Lancelot’s family.
The glittering opulence of the era and the entanglement of two hearts unsure whether each can trust the other make for a combination sure to entertain historical fiction lovers like myself!
About the Author
knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote her first story–a spy thriller–at the age of twelve. She studied comparative literature at Smith College, spending her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. Ruth has published thirteen historical romances and one novella. Her second historical, Wild Rose, was chosen by Booklist as a “Top Ten Christian Fiction” selection in 2005. Ruth lives on the coast of Maine where she enjoys gardening, walking, reading romances and gazing at the ocean plotting her next romance.
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