What happens when a lady falls in love, not with her betrothed, but rather with his cousin?
Miss Priscilla Keenan has been promised to the Marquess of Blackhurst since her birth. The problem is: She has never laid eyes upon the man. So, when Blackhurst sends his cousin to York to assist Priscilla in readying Blackhurst’s home estate for the marquess’s return from his service in India, it is only natural for Priscilla to ask Mr. Alden something of the marquess’s disposition. Yet, those conversations lead Cilla onto a different path, one where she presents her heart to the wrong gentleman. How can she and Alden find happiness together when the world means to keep them apart? Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” this tale wants for nothing, especially not a happy ending, which it has, but that ending is not what the reader anticipates.
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I just finished reading a preview copy of this book. I'm pretty sure that's why some of the formatting was off. I trust that won't be the case in the final version and I hope I'm right! This was a very quick read. I read it during the course of one day at work actually, between having to do my actual job. I am a fast reader but keep that in mind if you want something more immersive. The story was short but really quite sweet. There are no unexpected plot twists unless this is maybe the first book you've ever read. There's nothing to dislike in any of the characters I'm happy to report and I was definitely left hoping that they will have their very happily-ever-after. The author does use a truly annoying number of commas throughout the story but with that being the most offensive thing about the book, I can happily recommend it as an entertaining bit of fluff for your day.
4 stars Quite short story. Cilla is betrothed to Lord Blackhurst, who is returning from India to talk up his estates. Priscilla's father thinks the engagement is a good one as the estates are next to each other and he'll still get to see his daughter. Cilla is unsure about marrying a stranger. She's asked to help prepare the estate for his lordships return and meets his cousin Johnathan and starts to build up a relationship. You can proably see where this is going. It's a clean read and entertaining. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book is set in Yorkshire in a long time ago, with Miss Priscilla, the main character, being betrothed to the Marquess of Blackhurst. But what happens when she falls in love with his cousin instead? Normally I complain about books being too long, but with this one is the complete opposite! I wish it was longer, truly, because I felt that I couldn't connect to the characters as much or enjoy the romance as much as possible. The writing is truly amazing and I liked the main character. It would be a 5-star if the author had explored the characters and descriptions a bit more and gave us a bit more romantic moments. All in all, it was a good book and I'll be definitely on the look out for the other books by this author. Recommend for anyone that likes typical European-based historical books and "Bridgeton vibes", and anyone who is looking for a quick cute read!