Audra Kingsley, a wealthy heiress, may not have seen much of the world, but she knows exactly how she wants her future to play out – and a coming out ball held at her country estate, Kingsley Manor, would suit her just fine. Her father’s wish that she be presented at St. James in London seems silly since she is to marry her neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Lord Crispin Brighton, but she obliges him.
Audra travels to London with her patroness, the eccentric Lady Sutherland, intending to return home as soon as she has curtseyed to the Queen. Unknown to her, Lady Sutherland is in no rush to leave London before the Season is over and intends to show Audra she has more options in the suitor department than Lord Crispin, a second son.
Audra finds herself surrounded by few friends and is forced to attend parties, balls, and operas – all while becoming the object of a secret admirer’s obsession. As Audra struggles to make her way home to her beloved, plans to compromise her into an unwanted marriage are underway.
Publisher and Release Date: Crimson Romance, 29 April 2013
Time and Setting:Regency England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Sabrina
When I read the above description I was immediately interested in the story and wanted more. It is very well written and due to the engaging dialog and descriptive scenes I was swept away to 19th century England. This was a great read! I couldn’t put the book down and ended up reading it in one sitting.
As is custom, Lady Audra is to be presented at court. She doesn’t want to be in London, but is determined to make the best of her time away from home. Of course this is before she realizes she have to remain in London for the Season. While an endless round of tea parties and balls doesn’t seem too torturous for most, it is almost unbearable for Lady Audra as all she wants to do is go home to her love, Lord Crispin Brighton.
Lady Audra is sweet, innocent and a bit naïve, but is a lady who knows who she wants and what she wants of their life together. She is steadfast in her affections and that made me like her all the more. And it’s easy to see why. Lord Crispin may not have been always front and center, but we are treated to snippets of their time together. The relationship is treated in a romantic and charming manner. It is clear they are in love as the chemistry fairly jumps off the page. Just a touch or a look and I was trembling right along with Audra. How lovely!
Unfortunately for Lady Audra her time spent in London doesn’t run as smoothly. She and Lady Sutherland are barely on speaking terms, letters to home are going unanswered and while she has made a real true friend or two, she is the recipient of unwelcomed advances from someone she believes is unstable.
As the story progressed I was nervous for Lady Audra and her desired Happily Ever After. Where was Lord Crispin? Why doesn’t she hear from him and why can’t she go home? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its ending. I can’t think of a better way to pass an afternoon than with this book in hand.
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