About the Book
Series: Regency House Party
Genre: Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance
Publication date: September 2, 2018
When Cornelia Greystock received a proposal from Sir James Hawkston, she couldn’t bear it. It had been inspired, she knew, from pity and remorse—not love. Unable to face him afterward, she leaped at an offer of employment from the Countess, Lady Du’Breven. Serving as her companion, Cornelia struggles to adjust to the change in her social status, but the hard work distracts her from her broken heart. That is, until the Countess decides to hold a summer house party at her family estate and invites Sir James.
Sir James has never recovered from his disappointment when Miss Greystock refused his proposal and then fled, according to her family, to live with an unheard-of aunt in Ireland. When he grudgingly accepts an invitation to Lady Du’Breven’s house party, however, he is astounded to find Miss Greystock there. One thing is certain—this time he’ll court her the way he always should have. He is almost certain she returns his feelings, but he must tread carefully. If she refuses his proposal a second time, it would not be gentlemanly to ask a third. As time grows short and she continues to hold him at arms-length, will he find a way to at last win her hand?
In My Opinion
When Cornelia takes a place as a lady’s companion, she doesn’t plan to ever see Sir James Hawkston again but her new employer has other ideas.
This was a short, fun story about two people who love each other but maybe don’t currently like each other. Sir James knows he messed up when he proposed marriage to Cornelia and is determined to do it right this time.
I loved that Sir James pursued Cornelia with single-minded focus. Instead of getting angry at the pranks she pulls on him, he delights in them. And despite Cornelia’s attempts at avoiding him, he makes sure their paths cross repeatedly.
This is the first book I’ve read in The Regency House Party series (there are five) but it is a great introduction to the series. I didn’t ever feel like I was missing out on a secret with the other guests and got a good sense of Lady Du’Breven’s meddling—it’s for the best for these two characters.
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About the Author
Michelle Pennington writes clean, heart-pounding, sigh-inducing romance across multiple genres. Her books include Young Adult, Contemporary, Regency, and Fantasy. The genre might change, but her characters will always be falling in love.
She spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She also has a cat her kids call Boots, but is really Hessian Boots, the perfect Regency gentleman, complete with a snowy white cravat. She loves to make magic by stringing words together, but she also creates designer sugar cookies, sings loud in church, and kills too many house plants.
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