MICHELE ANN YOUNG
ISBN# (10)1-4022-1016-7 / (13) 978-1-4022-1016-7
1935 Brookdale Road, Naperville, Illinois, 60563
Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 5 Cups
Caroline Torrington is definitely not Society’s ideal. She is poor, wears spectacles, and has a voluptuous figure, particularly in the bust. She is also raising her three younger sisters since the death of her father.
Lord Lucas Foxhaven is rakish, handsome, and has been Caro’s best friend all life. His father has dictated that he must marry Caro to collect his inheritance and he needs the money for a project, so she will marry him whether she likes it or not.
Caro is in effect forced to marry her former best friend so that he may fund a music school for boys, but she knows nothing of this charity. Without much support from a mostly absent husband she is expected to succeed in London Society, a task at which she is doomed to fail spectacularly.
I liked Caro’s character from the beginning. She has no illusions about herself; as a matter of fact she is much more attractive than she thinks. Lucas leaves her no choice but to marry him, but she will be able to provide for her three sisters futures. Despite his misunderstood childhood, I had little sympathy for Lucas. He is spoiled and inconsiderate, and I felt sorry for Caro that he was the best friend she had, she deserves better. Her adventures in London and Paris went from amusing to embarrassing to hair raising, and she never loses her appeal. She really comes into her own in Paris where the men were not limited to admiring stick figures. Lucas does finally redeem himself, as does his autocratic father. It is nice that they finally learn their lesson. The other characters and the setting of Regency London were very vivid and made it easy to put yourself in the story, I was totally absorbed from beginning to end.
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