About the book:
Much to her mother’s annoyance, Julia North can’t catch a husband. Nearing the end of her third London season, Julia is jilted. Again! Constantly wondering what it is about her that drives the gentlemen away, Julia leaves London to visit a distant cousin for a couple of months. She is hoping to forget about husband hunting for a time, but she inadvertently finds herself in competition for Henry Chamberlain, the most desirable gentleman in Somersetshire. Marriage wouldn’t seem so detestable if she could marry him. But every young lady has the same dream of capturing his attention, so Julia knows she doesn’t have a chance. What she doesn’t know is that her desire to avoid Henry’s attention is the very thing that has caught it, but it’ll take some effort on Henry’s part to convince Julia of that.
What was wrong with Julia? She was as attractive as any other girl, but this was her third season and still no respectable proposal. She had lost three suitors within a four month period. It was humiliating. Now her sister is engaged in her first season!
Her mother is delighted by her sister’s engagement but more determined that Julia must stop being so picky and just get married. Until her daughters were married, Marianne North could not pursue her dreams and she wasn’t getting younger.
Forlorn, Julia grabbed a “door” of opportunity when a letter from her mother’s deceased husband’s cousin requested her companionship for two months until her new companion became of age and could be with her. Julia’s mother was writing a letter of refusal, due to the up-coming wedding, but Julia saw it as her chance to get away from the scrutiny. Julia finally convinced her mother to let her go by consenting to allow her mother to arrange a marriage for her when she returned…What had she done!
Her time with her “aunt” was very pleasant. She could easily envision a life living with her aunt. How could she convince her aunt to keep her instead of her having to return to London. She couldn’t bear the thought of marrying for convenience.
She was sure in an areas her “aunt” lived, it would be too small for any eligible bachelor to live. However, there was the Baron Henry who had multiple women chasing him, for them to only leave with broken hearts. The few times they had met had been strange. Just as she thought there was hope, devastating events occurred. Her future was possible doomed.
The characters are very real and the background scenes were portrayed well. The Book Cover and Title were a perfect fit and very eye-catching.
This was a very well-written story and earns a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me but in no way influences less than an honest review, of which I have given.
About the author:
Paula Kremser focused on a career in science for a few years after graduating from Brigham Young University. Several years later when she moved with her young family to England, Paula seized the opportunity to focus on her love of the Regency Era. The enchantment of the aristocracy and the fascinating stories from every stately home she visits have been both research and inspiration for her first novel, “Sophia.”
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