by Karen Tuft
Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (December 6, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524420409
ISBN-13 : 978-1524420406
Rebecca Jennings’s first London Season has been absolutely ruined, and one person alone is responsible: Mr. Ben Fortescue. If her new neighbor hadn’t startled her, she would never have broken her ankle, leaving her bored and frustrated at home in the country while her sister enters the London Season alone. Although, it was rather gallant of him to carry her home . . .
For his part, Ben feels terrible about the role he played in Miss Rebecca Jennings’s accident. In the days that follow their first disastrous meeting, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the surprising young woman—first out of guilt and then out of a stirring affection. But Ben hides a secret: he has not been completely forthright about his identity or about the dark secrets of his past that would make it impossible for romance to blossom with Miss Jennings. Despite his love for her, he knows he must let her go.
With her ankle finally healed but her heart now broken, Rebecca is left with little choice but to throw herself into the Season. With eligible men circling this late addition to the Marriage Mart, it seems that Rebecca will have no shortage of suitors. If only her heart were free to give.
After being delayed for a number of reasons, Rebecca Jennings is finally going to have her first season in London; then she is injured right before it.
Ben Fortescue feels terrible that he is the cause of Rebecca missing out, so he determines to keep her entertained even if it goes against his plans to hide away from society.
Ben would often come off as moody and abrupt, but I like that he wanted to make sure that Rebecca knew her feelings and got to experience things because she had been so sheltered and could sometimes still act immature and fickle.
There were also a lot of cliché remarks about all the couples constantly gazing into each other’s eyes adoringly that got to be a little much. The book also had a modern feel, like the immediate use of their first names.
I think my favorite part of the book were the scenes with the kids. They were adorable! I also liked Ben’s staff.
I always like when characters from past books make an appearance, and Susan and her husband the Duke of Aylesham are in it quite a bit along with a few others like Foster who I am always a fan of.