Standing before Feldstone Manor, site of so many happy memories, Rose Davenport feels nothing but dread. Her family’s annual visit to the stately home was once brightened by her friendship with the earl’s youngest son, William, but everything changed the day his elder brother was disinherited and William became heir to his father’s earldom. From that moment, William made it clear he has no interest in continuing an acquaintance with Rose. Heartbroken, she sets out to prove that she will simply not be ignored—or outdone—by the arrogant future lord of the manor. When his elder brother marries for love, William’s entire life changes in an instant. He does not have the same option to marry whom he chooses, and he must let go of the feelings he has harbored for his dear friend, Rose. He steels himself against her annual visits, determined to keep his feelings for her a secret. But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.
I enjoyed reading this fun regency story. William’s behavior at times reminded me of some of the little boys in elementary school. You know the type, the sort to pull your hair, or toss little bits of paper at you. The boys that really just wanted your attention even if it meant annoying you, because it meant that they had your attention.
These fun characters had me laughing more than once, as a I read the story. If you are looking for a fun light-hearted read, set in the regency period, then this is the perfect story for you!
(I purchased a copy of this book for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
About the Author:
Esther Hatch grew up on a cherry orchard in rural Utah. After high school, she alternated living in Russia to teach children English and attending Brigham Young University in order to get a degree in archaeology. She began writing when one of her favorite authors invited her to join a critique group. The only catch was she had to be a writer. Not one to be left out of an opportunity to socialize and try something new; she started on her first novel that week.