2016, 189p, Clean Regency Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
Eleanor Hopkins has lived in disappointment for far too long believing that her husband only married her for fortune, and she determines to protect her own daughters from such misery by scheming to secure offers for both Lucy and Caroline based on mutual rank and reputation. When Caroline finds that the handsome and reputable Lord Searly desires her as his wife, she finds that no amount of planning or pretending can convince her to accept him. Instead, she is confronted with an unexpected and reluctant suitor in the respectable shoemaker Thomas Clark.
This book has three romances in it. The first starts 25 years ago, with Eleanor and Phillip, who are the parents of Lucy and Caroline. Caroline is currently in her second season because her first was cut short due to sickness. She catches the attention of Lord Searly, which thrills her mother, but she finds herself drawn to someone else. Lucy has caught the attention of someone who is determined to marry her but her heart lies elsewhere.
I loved the family dynamics in this book! We got a glimpse into Eleanor and what happened in her past to make her behave the way she did. I had a hard time understanding why she hadn't gotten past certain things through the years, but it helped me understand her current behavior. Caroline and Lucy were close and got along well. They were there for each other during the tough times and the good times. Their father, Phillip, was kind and supportive of their decisions.
I enjoyed both Caroline's and Lucy's stories and getting to know the men they fell in love with. There were complications and drama along the way to a satisfying ending! There were also some great additional characters that were fun to get to know, even the ones I didn't like.
Overall, I enjoyed this story! There was a lot packed into it so I personally would have enjoyed a separate book about each of the women. It's the author's debut novel and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work in the future!