Like I said, time for romance. This time of the historical variety. And quite lovely too.
From my obviously feminist perspective a guy falling for a girl only after he got to know her so well (before he thought he should marry her very much better looking but rather vapid sister) is a bit difficult to swallow but it worked in this novel.
In his defense, he is rather young and full of himself and didn’t know better but luckily for Gus (Augusta) he came to his senses. Well destiny interfered and his ego got the rather needed deflation.
But it’s actually such a cute love story to read full of funny and sometimes heart-wrenching twists. the best thing is that Gus is such a brave little thing, confronting all her problems, not running away from them, that is so rare and I loved her for it.
She is also a person who deals with her problems from a loving point of view and it works.
It was great fun seeing Gus and Harry fall in love.
Now there are two more free brothers left in the Breconridge family…
“As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry—and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season. But a fall from his horse puts a serious crimp in his plans. Abandoned by Julia before he can propose, the unlucky bachelor finds himself trapped in the country in the care of Julia’s younger sister.
Harry has never met a woman like Lady Augusta. Utterly without artifice, Gus is clever and capable, and seems to care not a fig for society. After a taboo kiss awakens passion that takes them both by surprise, Harry realizes he’d almost given his heart to the wrong sister. While London tongues wag, he’ll use his most seductive powers of persuasion to convince the reluctant Gus that she belongs with him—as his equal, his love, his wife.”