by Jennifer Moore
Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (June 7, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524418943
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418946
Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.
After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.
Vivian Kirby has always dreamed of being an inventor. Her brain seems to think differently than a lot of people, and it has caused many suitors to lose interest in her. The reader receives quite a unique introduction to Vivian in the prologue.
Lord Benedict has lived like a selfish second son until some time in China has opened his eyes.
With Vivian’s keen mind and serious nature and Benedict’s lighthearted nature and extroverted personality, they do not seem like they would make a very good couple. Yet, they make the perfect Yin and Yang.
I found this story really interesting. Besides loving the characters, some of my favorite things were the descriptions of Vivian’s invention, and the Chinese items and stories. I also liked the mystery throughout the story.
This story is a part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone. There are some side characters in this book that have previously made an appearance.