Louisa and Valentine Carnell lived a very sheltered life under the tyrannical care of their father. After his death, the siblings agree to make the most of their newfound freedom, and the first for Louisa is to turn away her prospective husband, Pearce Lynley. When the siblings go to London, temptations soon sweep them off their feet. For Valentine, who slowly involves himself with Lady Harriet, beautiful and married, while Louisa manages the excitement of new suitors. Their indulgence, however, may take a disastrous turn.
Personal Take: Jude Morgan is one of my favorite historical writers. He does it so well, it’s reminiscent of Jane Austen as well as Georgette Heyer (the queens of Regency). The set up of the story was touching, and the writing style was amazing and witty, as always. The characters were endearing, and I loved how Louisa and Valentine struggled with their freedom. One thing that I felt Morgan lacked though, was polishing up the ending. The conclusion was beautifully done, but how it came about is a little unclear. Some of the things happened behind the scenes, and when it was revealed, it felt like a sudden character change. Not too drastic to raise eye-brows, but…I just wanted to SEE how it happened! With a bit more glaring hints, or conversation or something.
But otherwise, I loved reading this. I was hooked until the last page.
Audience: Anyone who enjoys historical romance. The book is beautifully written, and very proper.