In the spirit of Georgette Heyer, this delightful regency romp offers a humorous and heartwarming tale of Boy Next Door romance. It’s a shorter piece, but the story and characters are given full attention. I had a good time with it as the heroine sets out intrepidly into high society London to find a man to make her swoon all the while that man may be closer than she thinks.
Francesca, recently out of mourning for her dear mother, is brought up short when her father informs her that she is to be engaged to the son of his next door neighbor so there is no reason for her to have a Season. Engaged to Phillip! What a notion! She will not marry anyone who considers her a duty. She wants to marry for love. In a surprising moment, Phillip, who seems to really want the marriage, agrees to let her have her Season before they are to be married and he seals their deal with a kiss. A kiss that makes her feel…well not quite swoony, but something.
The story is not deeply developed because of its length, but the reader has no trouble getting the picture or knowing enough to be vested in the characters. Franny had a bad example in her own parents marrying for duty. That word means one thing for her, but quite another for Phillip. Phillip cares for her and looks forward to the duty of making Franny happy. He is bewildered by his feelings and her need to find romance. It was a nice little knot to tease out. I enjoyed the romance development and liked these two together.
In the end, it was a delight to the senses and nice for someone who wants a quick sweet read on the run. Historical Romance fans who like light and humorous should try this one.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.