★★★★ 4.5 FUN Stars ★★★★
One reclusive bluestocking...
Fiona Amberly is more intrigued by the Roman ruins near her manor house than she is by balls. When her dying Grandmother worries about Fiona's future, Fiona stammers that she's secretly engaged. Soon she finds herself promising that she will introduce her husband-to-be by Christmas.
One dutiful duke...
Percival Carmichael, new Duke of Alfriston, is in a hurry. He's off to propose to London's most eligible debutante. After nearly dying at Waterloo, he's vowed to spend the rest of his life living up to the ton's expectations.
One fallen tree...
When Fiona tries to warn a passing coach about a tree in the road, the driver mistakes her for a highwaywoman. Evidently he's not used to seeing women attired in clothes only suitable for archaeology waving knives. After the driver flees, Fiona decides she may as well borrow the handsome passenger...
While I do not typically read historical romances, I found this book to be highly enjoyable! Who knew, I found a new genre to dig into thanks for Bianca Blythe! Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. I actually read it in one sitting as I couldn’t take my eyes way from the pages. I was deeply involved in this story for a few reasons. First, I found Fiona’s character to be quite refreshing and very unconventional. In the time period that this story takes place it seems that women are supposed to be married, having children, and take care of their families. But Fiona is a bit different. You see, she’s not very interested in getting married. And this is not the way “proper women” of these times are supposed to be. So I found this to be refreshing. But it’s what Fiona does after this that makes the story so much fun. She lies to her grandmother telling her that she is engaged but her fiancé is away at war. But with this being a lie, Fiona must get someone to pretend to be her fiancé so that she can essentially save face. What happens after this is what truly makes the story great as we have two very unlikely individuals who, apart from the lies, kidnapping (yes, I said kidnapping), and other humorous shenanigans, start to fall in love. But will the two make it? Or will the lies and other problems stand in their way?
Once again this is a wonderful and fun novel. I highly recommend it! Even to those who don’t typically enjoy historical, you may want to try this one out!