A Fresh Voice in Historical Romance!
Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes to help the town’s poor. But with her father’s debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the moral society’s president is her suitor’s mother. Her first task as a moral society member—to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town—should be easy . . . except he flat-out refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs—and hearts—truly align.
For me, I feel like this book is hard for me to review as I don’t know how I truly feel about it. I liked it, but I feel like I didn’t love it. I would say it is one of those reads that you’d classify as the ‘one and done’, which I doubt I’d pick it up again as I feel that I’ve experience all there is. Also, I felt like it was a little bit too slow for me, which it lagged in some places, which is another reason that made me not love it.
I will say Nicholas’s character surprised me the further along I got into the book. When I first read the books plot months ago, I thought him to be a serious up tight man, but as each page and chapter strolled by, my opinion of him changed. He may be a very rich man and appear somewhat stingy to others, he does indeed have a very giving heart, he just decides in his own way how to give back to the needy folks of Teaville. I liked how he was dead set against Lydia and her requests for donations, but the more persistence she was with him, he finally gave in, unable to resist her anymore. But being in her frequent presence, he finds her crystal ice colored eyes and dark hair appealing, he starts to form feelings for her but keeps them silent and unknown to her as she is sorta spoken for by another secondary male character. Lydia is an avid book reader who has fanciful thoughts of a knight coming to sweep the fair maiden off her feet, which she wishes that Nicholas would do, but she believes he could never love someone like her and marry below his station, so she too, keeps her feelings hidden as well.
I wasn’t too fond of Lydia’s father or the Littles’. They used people to get what they wanted and wasn’t above blackmailing to achieve it. I did enjoy Sadie’s character and I hope that maybe she’ll get her own book as she grows up.
Out of the whole book, I think my favorite part was at the very end when Nicholas finally decides to wear his man pants and tell Lydia how he feels about her, which she does as well. I also really liked the epilogue that gave you a one and one half years ahead into their future. I found it cute how he was affectionate with their future child that will soon make his or hers debute.
That being said, I don’t know if I will read book number two. I guess I will wait to see what others say about it before I decide to pick it up in the near future.