Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

Cassie is ready to dress up, go to public functions and date.  Unfortunately, Lenora is ahead of her in age and her parents only allow the next child to debut after each girl gets married.  Lenora has already been available for three years but she only does the outings when she has to and she has no gentlemen callers.  Cassie has to do something!

Shadow Mountain Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 4th.

When a young man arrives from London to help his Uncle with his property, it presents a golden opportunity.  He's single, is coming into money, and he's attractive.  They meet him at public functions and he seems nice enough.  Cassie decides since Lenora seems to like him a bit, she'll speed things up by writing to him.  This action has some awful consequences.

As they write and get to know each other, they find themselves falling in love.  Cassie can't admit it's her that's written the letters.  She even confesses to her sister before she goes out on a carriage ride with him.  He's confused.  The woman is vibrant and lively in her letters but uncommunicative and shy on the ride.  All she says is yes and no.  What she says to him are questions and she never elaborates on them.  Why would she be one way and then not?

When he proposes to Lenora, Cassie goes to stay with her aunt.   She can't let him see her heartbreak.  The worst part is that he figures it out and braces her on her return.  She tells yes, she wrote the letters.  He can also see she loves him.  He cancels the engagement and goes back home.  The scandal is on everyone's lips.

Just when it seems there's no love or life left for anyone, the author starts making things happen that change the whole situation.  Misunderstandings are cleared up, the sisters are friends again, and love comes out on top.  This was an excellent read.

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