Julia North is at a ball in her third London season when she is jilted. Again. With her younger sister announcing her engagement that night, all Julia wants is to escape London and marriage altogether. But when she meets Henry Chamberlain, the most eligible (yet emotionally unavailable) bachelor of Barrington, both Julia and Henry's attempts to avoid suitors has them re-evaluating life and love. Fall in love all over again in this delightful regency romance.
Lord Montague, the Earl of Halifax, had been debating for a month now what he should do. Today he had finally made his decision. He would propose marriage to Marianne North. As he had thought over the pros and cons of his decision, the pros had finally won out. She was a widow with a lively personality and endless connections. She was pretty, but more important, she agreed with almost everything he said. With so much in common, he felt she was a good choice. He himself was a widower twice over and he preferred being married. He had been without a countess by his side for the last several years and he found it difficult sometimes socially not to have a wife to act as hostess as he moved about politically. There were cons to marrying Marianne North as well, but with a little patience, he could maneuver his way out of those.
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What was wrong with Julia? She was as attractive as any other girl, but this was her third season and still no respectable proposal. She had lost three suitors within a four month period. It was humiliating. Now her sister is engaged in her first season!
Her mother is delighted by her sister's engagement but more determined that Julia must stop being so picky and just get married. Until her daughters were married, Marianne North could not pursue her dreams and she wasn't getting younger.
Forlorn, Julia grabbed a "door" of opportunity when a letter from her mother's deceased husband's cousin requested her companionship for two months until her new companion became of age and could be with her. Julia's mother was writing a letter of refusal, due to the up-coming wedding, but Julia saw it as her chance to get away from the scrutiny. Julia finally convinced her mother to let her go by consenting to allow her mother to arrange a marriage for her when she returned...What had she done!
Her time with her "aunt" was very pleasant. She could easily envision a life living with her aunt. How could she convince her aunt to keep her instead of her having to return to London. She couldn't bear the thought of marrying for convenience.
She was sure in an areas her "aunt" lived, it would be too small for any eligible bachelor to live. However, there was the Baron Henry who had multiple women chasing him, for them to only leave with broken hearts. The few times they had met had been strange. Just as she thought there was hope, devastating events occurred. Her future was possible doomed.
The characters are very real and the background scenes were portrayed well. The Book Cover and Title were a perfect fit and very eye-catching.
*This book was gifted me but in no way influences less than an honest review, of which I have given.
So many great books out there--and this is definitely one of them!
Flirting, courting, secret meetings, broken engagements-- it's all in this delightful tale of romance with its ups and downs of being in love. ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! Lots of fun scenes in this book! You heart and mind will enjoy every page! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE!
What in the world is wrong with Julia? Julia and her younger sister must be wed before their mother can remarry, but after three London seasons, she's still single. Men are mysteriously driven away and she wants to know why. When a cousin needs help for a couple of months, Julia jumps at the chance to escape London and finds solace in the quiet countryside...and she also finds Henry, the catch of the area.
Why is it unobtainable things are always desired the most? Those are exactly the sentiments of both Julia and Henry. Neither feels they have a chance with the other and when a few twists and turns cause some jealousy, the real fun begins. I love that the reader gets to see Julia after she's fed up with trying to please society and we get to see who she really is. She doesn't care about offending--she's just going to state her mind and follow her heart. I cannot imagine living in a time when there's so much pressure to marry, whether there's love or not. I feel this story paints a vivid picture of that pressure and the result, in this case, is pure romance and entertainment.
I love that this story has a few predicable surprises because they add life to the plot. The conflicts are very believable and the feelings are realistic, yet the story is a lot of fun. There are a few sentiments of other favorite period tales--a silly sister, a gentle and sweet romance, misunderstandings, and more. This is a great read for any Regency lover.
Content: mild, clean romance.
*I received a copy from the publisher for review. All thoughts and opinions are given voluntarily and are my own.*