Even the Worthington least likely to wed may find her perfect match . . .
Marriage has worked out quite nicely for her older sisters, yet Lady Augusta Vivers is certain it would end her studies in languages and geography, and stop her from travelling. But when her mother thwarts her plan to attend the only university in Europe that accepts women—in Italy—she is forced to agree to one London Season. Spending her time at parties proves an empty diversion—until she encounters the well-traveled Lord Phineas Carter-Wood. Still, Europe awaits . . .
Phineas has studied architecture all over the world, yet Augusta is his most intriguing discovery yet. How can he resist a woman who loves maps and far-off lands? But her longing for all things foreign hinders any hope of courtship. When he learns her cousins have offered a trip to Europe, he secretly arranges to join their party. For he is determined to show Augusta that a real union is a thrilling adventure of its own. And when their journey is beset by dangerous obstacles, he gets far more opportunity than he bargained for . . .
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Ella Quinn is the USA Today bestselling author of smart, spicy Regency romances, including The Worthingtons and The Marriage Game Series. Prior to writing romance, Ella Quinn was an adjunct professor, a lawyer, and the first woman to be assigned to a Green Beret unit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and has extensively researched the Regency era, immersing her stories with the flavor and feel of the period so that readers lose themselves in the time. She and her husband currently live in Germany when they aren’t cruising the world on their sailboat. Visit her online at ellaquinnauthor.com.
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Worthington House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair. March 1818.
"Italy!" Her brother's bellow could probably be heard all over the town house and in Berkeley Square. Possibly even farther.
From her position on the sofa, Lady Augusta Vivers stifled a sigh. She refused to allow her posture to sag or disappointment to show on her countenance. She had known her campaign to be allowed to attend university was not going to be easy. Perhaps she should have started her scheme earlier. Or given her brother a hint to temper his shock.
"It is not as if Padua is some unknown place in South America or Africa," she pointed out calmly.
"Where on earth did you come up with such an ... idea?" Her mother paled a bit and her faint voice pierced the deadened air.
"I wish to further my studies." Augusta fought to keep the exasperation from her tone. Why else would she want to go to university? Not only that, but traveling there and living in Italy for a time would allow her to see a little of the world she had been studying. "As educated as Miss Tallerton and Mr. Winters are, they long ago exhausted the limits of what they can teach me. Which is the reason I have been corresponding with professors in Europe and taking lessons from visiting scholars, hoping to learn more. It is no longer enough." In fact, her thirst for knowledge had grown to the point that she needed to attend university as much as she needed food or air. "Yet it has become clear that the only way I am going to succeed is by studying with experts. For that, I must attend university."
"But, my dear" — her mother paused for a moment as if to gather her thoughts — "do you not wish to wed?"
Of course she did. Just. Not. Now. "I do not recall anyone asking Charlie if he was forsaking marriage simply because he wished to attend Oxford." She wished Grace's brother, properly called the Earl of Stanwood was here. He'd be able to help. Augusta turned her gaze back to Matt. As her guardian and Earl of Worthington, he was the final decision maker. "If I were a boy you would allow me to go."
"You're fair and far off there, my girl." He raked his fingers through his hair. "I might consider Paris, but Italy is too far away. If anything were to happen" — this time he wiped his hand down his face — "we would not be able to get to you in time. I doubt if there is even an English consul or vice-consul there."
She was glad she'd prepared for this point of contest. "The closest consul is in Venice. Only about twenty-two miles to the east."
"Augusta." Grace's gentle voice was a sharp contrast to Matt's exasperated tone. "Is there not a university that will accept women closer than Italy?"
Augusta shifted on the sofa so that she faced her sister-in-law, next to her, and smiled. "There was one in Holland, but it was reduced to a school, like Eton, and is just now attempting to regain its status as a university." Trying to ignore the worried look in Mama's eyes, and the tick in Matt's jaw, Augusta focused on Grace, who appeared to be the only helpful person present. She might also be able to persuade Matt. "Padua is also the only university that has an excellent reputation and will award a degree to a female."
Her sister-in-law nodded. "I see."
"My dear." The corners of Mama's lips tipped up weakly. "You did not answer the question about marriage."
"I see no reason to rush into matrimony. Grace did not wed until she was four and twenty." After thinking she could never marry because she had guardianship of her brothers and sisters. Everyone agreed that Matt convincing her he could be trusted with guardianship had been the best thing for all her sisters and brothers and sisters by marriage.
As there was nothing to be said to that, silence fell again. The only comforting thought was that Matt had not actually said no.
The room was so quiet she could hear the birds chirping outside, and the thumps of children running a floor above. The muffled sound of someone coming down the corridor had them all turning their heads.
A knock came, and Walter Carpenter, age seventeen, another of Grace's brothers and Augusta's best friend, poked his head in the study and glanced at them all. "Not a good time? I'll just take myself away."
"Wait right there." Matt's commanding voice stopped Walter's retreat. "What do you know about Augusta's plans to attend university?"
"I ... er ..." Walter slid her a quick sidelong glance. "Only that she's been planning it for several months." One of Matt's brows rose. "It's not as if she's doing anything untoward. Don't we all support ladies being educated?"
Augusta flashed Walter a grateful smile. Her mother groaned, Grace's lips twitched, and Matt slapped his palm against his head.
Mama's husband, Richard, Viscount Wolverton, who had been lounging against the fireplace, straightened. "When does the term begin?"
"Not until September." Did his question mean he might support Augusta's desire to go to Padua? "I brought it up now because I have done all I can do without final permission, and there is the month it will take to travel to Padua."
"September," Mama chirped brightly, a relieved look on her face.
Oh, no. Augusta was not going to allow them to end the conversation. "My other point in mentioning it now is to save you from the expense of a Season for me." Of all the girls in the family, Augusta was sure she was the only one who did not care if she formally came out. "If I am going to attend university, there is no need for me to be on the Marriage Mart."
"I think it's too late for that," Matt grumbled.
Augusta barely kept her jaw from dropping.
"What he means" — Grace held out her hands to Augusta, taking her fingers in a reassuring grip — "is that most of your gowns have already been ordered. Aside from that, if Matt and your mother agree that you should attend university, you will benefit from having been out."
"Yes, indeed, my dear," Mama said quickly. Augusta had the feeling her mother was praying she would decide to marry and forget about continuing her studies. "Grace is absolutely correct. Acquiring a bit of Town bronze is essential for one's ... one's development."
Augusta scanned the other faces in the room. None of them looked happy. If she refused, they would not take it well. There was no reason she could not continue with her plans and arguments for university while she was attending social events. "Very well. I agree to a Season." Augusta speared her brother Matt with a narrow-eyed look. "That does not mean I have given up my intention to attend university."
His lips thinned as he nodded. "We will continue the discussion later."
"You should know" — she took a breath — "I have contacted Cousin Prudence Brunning and asked if she would be willing to be my chaperone."
Matt's dark brows drew together. "Who?"
"You would not remember her," Mama said with an airy flutter of her hand. "She is the daughter of Martha Vivers, who married George Paine, a rector. Prudence is a year or so younger than you and a widow. Her husband was in the Life Guards and died at Waterloo."
"Indeed." Augusta was glad her mother remembered Cousin Prudence. "When he was in Spain and Portugal she traveled with him. Therefore she is used to foreign places." By this time Matt was staring at Augusta as if she had grown another head. "She also speaks Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish."
"Naturally, why else would you contact her?" He closed his eyes for a moment as if in pain. "You've given me a great deal to think about."
Augusta squeezed Grace's hand and rose. "Thank you for listening to me."
A series of nods and tight smiles answered her. When she reached the corridor, Walter had been joined by her twin sisters by marriage, Alice and Eleanor Carpenter, age fifteen, and Augusta's birth sister, Madeline Vivers, also fifteen.
Alice put a finger to her lips as Eleanor grabbed Augusta's hand.
"Come," Madeline whispered. "We can hear them talk from the antechamber in the other room."
They hurried her into a seldom-used parlor and opened a door to what reminded Augusta more of a butler's pantry. Except instead of dishware and silver, the shelves were filled with ledgers, paper, pens, and bottles of ink. How had she not known this was here?
"You must be very quiet," one of the twins said softly.
"Matt, you cannot possibly be considering allowing her to travel to Italy!" Mama's voice came clearly through the door. "It would have been kinder of you to have told her no."
There was a clink of crystal and a few moments of silence, before Matt responded, "In my opinion, she deserves the opportunity to follow her desire for more education."
"Yes, but not in Italy." Mama sounded almost frantic.
"Patience, calm yourself," Richard said. "If Worthington allows her to go, you know as well as I do that he'll ensure she is well protected."
"Matt," Mama said again. "Do you not remember what happened to Caro Huntley?"
"Who is Caro Huntley?" Madeline whispered. Augusta and the others shrugged.
"Who is Caro Huntley?" Richard asked.
"The former Lady Caroline Martindale, a friend of mine," Grace responded. "She was living in Venice with her godmother when a Venetian nobleman decided she should marry him. Huntley wed her to save her from him."
"I am sure she thought she was safe," Mama pointed out.
Augusta wanted to groan. Leave it to her mother to remember a story like that. Well, she would make good and sure she was not trapped into marriage. At least not before she had her diploma.
"Come, my love," Richard said. "Let's leave poor Worthington to try to figure this out. Let me know if you need any help."
"Thank you. I will," Matt said.
The door to Grace's study closed. Without warning the door to the antechamber flew open, and the twins tumbled into the room. Augusta would have fallen as well if Madeline hadn't been in the way and stopped her descent.
Matt eyed them as the girls picked themselves up from the floor. "I trust you heard everything, or is there any part of the conversation you would like to have repeated?"
"I'd like to hear more about Caro Huntley," Alice said.
"Not now, sweetheart." Grace's eyes sparkled with laughter. "Augusta, we will continue to look at ways for you to continue your studies." Her sister-in-law rose. "Come. It will be time for tea shortly, and Charlie should be here soon."
"Matt?" Madeline asked. "How did you know we were listening?"
"You're not as quiet as you think." He lightly tugged one of her braids. "Go on. I'll see you in the morning room."
For the second time that day, Augusta left the study. "I suppose it could have been worse."
Walter fell into step beside her. "He could have refused to listen."
"My mother is going to be a problem. She will probably throw every gentleman she finds into my path."
"Not everyone." Walter grinned. "They have to be eligible."
"There will still be too many of them." Why couldn't her mother simply accept that she wanted more from life? "At least I'll be prepared."
* * *
At a warehouse near the London docks, Lord Phineas Carter-Woods surveyed the numerous boxes he'd brought back with him from Mexico. "The ones marked in red will go to Elsworth." That was the bulk of them. At some point he'd have to visit the estate he had been bequeathed. "Have the rest sent to my brother's house in Grosvenor Square, and make sure they aren't put in the attic."
"Yes, my lord." Boman, Phinn's secretary, part-time amanuensis, general factotum, and friend, signaled to one of two carters waiting for instructions. "Have you decided when we're leaving again?"
That was going to be tricky. "I hope to be on our way to Europe in a month, but I've promised my brother I'll look around for a wife. We'll take it as it comes, shall we?"
"What you mean to say" — Boman gave Phinn a stern look — "is that you haven't told his lordship that you're not staying in England."
"Let's just say that I have not had time to divulge all my plans." Boman was right. Phinn would have to tell his brother, the Marquis of Dorchester, about his intent to leave England again. If only Dorchester and his wife could've managed to have a son or two instead of four daughters, they wouldn't be trying to make Phinn marry. Although, whatever gave them the idea he could do better, he didn't know.
"He isn't going to be happy."
That was putting it mildly. Phinn had decided not to tell his brother he was leaving again until just before he departed. "I'll stay for the Season. Once he perceives that I have not found a suitable wife, he'll be glad to see me go again."
"What happens if some young lady catches your eye?"
Good Lord! Boman too? "Why is everyone suddenly trying to put a leg-shackle on me?"
"I'm just saying it could happen." He shrugged. "You almost got caught by that seÃ±orita in Mexico City."
"Not because I wanted her." Phinn ran his finger under his cravat. "For that escape, I can only thank your sharp eyes." If Boman hadn't seen the lady slip something into Phinn's drink, he might have been asleep instead of hiding on the window ledge when she'd sneaked into his room. Thank God English ladies were not so devious. "The less said about that, the better." The last trunk was loaded onto the coach. "We must go to Dorchester House and settle in." Phinn would rather have remained at the hotel, but his brother was insistent he live with him. "There will be no time tomorrow. My brother has made an appointment with me to see Weston, his tailor." He looked at his worn leather breeches with chagrin. "Apparently, I do not have sufficient clothing to pass myself off as an eligible parti."
Phinn climbed into the coach followed by Boman, who settled on the backward-facing seat and said, "Have you decided to hire a proper valet?"
The carriage rolled through the narrow streets. "I don't like the idea of hiring a man, then letting him go in a month or two."
"We can take him with us. Europe isn't the Far East or Mexico. You'll need someone who knows how to take care of your kit."
"I suppose you're right." Glancing out the window, Phinn marveled at how societies never changed much. There were always the poor living in squalor and the rich who didn't seem to care. "You were able to assist before, but you'll be too busy preparing for the next trip."
"You keep saying that." Boman's tone was as dry as parts of Mexico. "And we haven't even set foot in your brother's house yet."
It wasn't that he didn't love his brother, but Phinn would have been happy to have visited for a week and left again. Not that it would have been possible. He had a paper to deliver at the Royal Institution, letters to write, travel documents to acquire, and a host of other details to which to attend. Unfortunately, other than the paper, he'd have to leave most of it to Boman while Phinn danced, literally, to his sister-in-law's tune, and his family's scheme to get him married.
"Do you have the charms?" He didn't know if they'd work. It might all be a hum. After four daughters, his brother was becoming desperate to secure the succession, and as Dorchester's eye had turned to Phinn, he needed all the help he could get. It was probably ridiculous of him to trust a Haitian witch's magic, but anything was worth a try.CHAPTER 2
Augusta, her elder sister Louisa, the Duchess of Rothwell, her step-sister, Charlotte, the Marchioness of Kenilworth, and their mutual friend and cousin, Dotty, the Marchioness of Merton left the modiste's shop where Augusta had had fittings on gowns that had been designed purely on her measurements. What followed could only be described as an extravagant indulgence of shopping that lasted most of the day before they retired to Charlotte's town house. They had just been served tea and sustenance consisting of biscuits, bread, cheese, and plum tarts.
"I must not have been paying any attention at all when you three came out." Augusta reached out and stroked Collette, her sister's Chartreux cat.
"You were still in the schoolroom," Dotty pointed out.
"With a nose in a book." Louisa unobtrusively gave Abby, Charlotte's Great Dane, a piece of cheese.
Charlotte swallowed her sip of tea. "I understand that you have no intention of marrying this Season, but I would not tell that to any of the gentlemen you meet."
"Why not?" Augusta did not like prevarication. If she made the impression her sisters and Dotty had, it would be dishonest to lead a gentleman on. "I would not wish to give anyone false hope."
"You also do not want to become a challenge." Charlotte's dry tone caused Louisa to hold her napkin to her lips while her shoulders shook.
What was so funny? "I don't understand."
"Men, as a rule," Dotty said, "find anything unattainable to be particularly enticing."(Continues…)
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It was a lovely romance with an emphasis on the struggles the heroine has with wanting to further her education
Marriage has worked out quite nicely for her older sisters, yet Lady Augusta Vivers is certain it would end her studies in languages and geography, and stop her from travelling. But when her mother thwarts her plan to attend the only university in Europe that accepts women—in Italy—she is forced to agree to one London Season. Spending her time at parties proves an empty diversion—until she encounters the well-traveled Lord Phineas Carter-Wood. Still, Europe awaits. Phineas has studied architecture all over the world, yet Augusta is his most intriguing discovery yet. How can he resist a woman who loves maps and far-off lands? But her longing for all things foreign hinders any hope of courtship. When he learns her cousins have offered a trip to Europe, he secretly arranges to join their party. For he is determined to show Augusta that a real union is a thrilling adventure of its own. And when their journey is beset by dangerous obstacles, he gets far more opportunity than he bargained for. This was a cute read. I read through it pretty quickly. It was fairly light and sweet. I liked both main characters. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Believe in Me, the sixth book in Ella Quinn's Worthington series, starts out with interesting characters in Lady Augusta Vivers and Lord Phineas Carter-Wood. Augusta wants to attend a university in Italy against the wishes of her mother, who wants her to have a Season and find a suitable spouse. Phineas has been traveling the world studying architecture against the wishes of his family, who want him to marry and provide an heir as his brother has four daughters. Both agree to the demands of their families while planning their respective escapes, but there is no escape from their mutual attraction. Or is there? Unfortunately, the story devolves into more of a travelogue than a romance. The development of their relationship is lost in all the details about Regency-era European travel that are packed into the book. While I appreciated Quinn's historical accuracy, I found myself disappointed and then underwhelmed with their HEA. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A well written book about a lady’s wish to accomplish her studies before she weds. Augusta is very intelligent and it took a special man to see what she was after and love her despite her goals. She found that in Phinn. You get to travel with them both and some of her family through some of Europe’s special places and see what it was like back then for a women who wanted to be more educated. Great read.
Another exciting addition to the Worthington's series! When an intelligent young lady wants to further her studies and go to university, why would her family stand in her way? Well first it was in Italy and second Lady Augusta's mother was set on her having a season and getting married. She does agree to the one season but makes no plans to encourage any men which would mess up her plans to travel. Now, just has to convince her brother she will be fine and very careful while away. Lord Phineas had come home to England to visit his brother after his latest travels out of the country. He is being pressured to marry and produce a male heir due to his brother and his wife only having girls. He was anxious to start traveling again but committed to stay until the end of the season and look for a potential wife.. Sound perfect together? Both love to travel, are extremely intelligent and will be out in society! As it turns out, these two do meet and end up traveling together and getting to know each other. Ella Quinn has an extraordinary knowledge of the history and culture that is dynamic and you will feel as if you are seeing the sights as our couple travel through many countries before reaching Italy. She is a wonderful wordsmith drawing the characters out and taking them on a journey of discovery and most of all, their feelings which slowly develop. Such a delightful story with lovable characters and sparkling banter that will have you smiling at the end!! I read this book through NetGallery. Lori Dykes
This was a well-written, entertaining historical romance. Lady Augusta Vivers wants to travel and get an education before settling down, marrying and having children. Lord Phineas Carter-Wood has studied all over the world, but has been called back to England by his brother. He is intrigued by Augusta and when she explains her desire to travel and attend university he arranges to join the traveling group. August is interested in Phineas, but is determined to get the education she seeks. The way the relationship developed between these two was wonderful. They really got to know each other, slowly, and built a strong friendship along the way. The book often made me smile and laugh. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books by this author.
ady augusta vivers is brilliant and ahead of her time in so many ways. all she wants is to attend university and complete her studies. all her mother wants is to marry her off. forced to agree to a london season, augusta plots with her siblings a way to appease her mother while still getting what she wants. when she is introduced to lord phineas carter-wood, she meets a kindred spirit. he too is tasked with looking for marriage and children, while trying to plan an escape to europe. meeting augusta however, he sees that their interests are aligned and that marriage between them could be a success. but augusta has convinced herself that marriage would be a hindrance to what she wants to achieve. she doesn't believe that a man would allow her to go after what she wants. mostly she completely underestimates phineas and what he would do for her. she keeps thinking he doesn't love her, but it's pretty clear that he's head over heels from the get-go, it's just that it takes him a while to realize what that is. believe in me is another delightful worthington story. lady augusta really does meet her perfect match. **believe in me will publish on february 26, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books in exchange for my honest review.
“I,m not sure what you were waiting for ... but I do love you” I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. Believe in me by Ella Quinn is book 6 in her Worthingtons Series. You could read it as a stand-alone however I have enjoyed reading the other books in the series and characters from those books figure prominently in this one as it is a book about family. The story is story the friends to lovers trope with quite a bit of behind the scenes meddling by the family members. Lady Augusta Viviers has no desire to marry as she would like to pursue her education further and attend University at Padua. Reluctantly she agrees to attend the season at her mother’s behest with no intention of making a match as she does not see marriage and children being compatible with her goals. Lord Phineas Carter-Wood has also reluctantly agreed to attend the season and is supposed to be looking for a wife as his brother has only 4 daughters and no heir so it is up to him to carry on the line. Phin doesn’t see marriage as compatible with his plans to travel and explore architecture but as he comes to know Augusta is rapidly changing his mind on the subject. I did enjoy reading this book but found it difficult to achieve a willing suspension of disbelief around the circumstances of their wedding. It struck me as unnecessarily melodramatic. Mild Steam. Publishing Date February 26, 2019 #BelieveInMe #EllaQuinn #NetGalley #KensingtonBooks #ZebraRomance
Believe In Me is a fantastic historical romance by Ella Quinn. Ms. Quinn has once again delivered a well-written book and a smooth read. The characters are outstanding, you can't help but love them. Augusta wants only one thing, to attend Padua and further her studies. Phineas is under pressure to find a wife and produce an heir. Phineas and Augusta's story takes you on a voyage that's filled with drama, humor, action and spice. I enjoyed reading Believe In Me and look forward to my next book by Ella Quinn. Believe In Me is book 6 of The Worthingtons Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I thought this book was good. However, it did get annoying when Augusta kept turning Phinn down for marriage. I did find it interesting to see how complicated and arduous it was to travel across Europe during that time period.
Worthington House, Berkeley Square - 1818 Lady Augusta Vivers wants to be allowed to attend university in Italy. Having gained all the knowledge available locally, she wants more instruction from experts. Now, she is trying to convince her family to allow her to go. They finally agree to let her but she must have her Season first. They figure she will meet a man and get married, thus canceling her desire to go to university. Lord Phineas (Phinn) Carter-Woods has arrived in London from Mexico to visit his brother, the Marquis of Dorchester. The Marquis and his wife have four daughters and fear that if they do not have a son, it will be up to Phinn to produce a boy to ensure the succession of the name and title. Phinn has plans to to head to Europe but now he must look for a wife. He figures that it will be difficult to find a woman who is interested in anything more than fashion. Phinn likes to travel and being an intelligent man, is hungry to learn everything he can about other contries. When Phinn’s and Augusta’s families find they both like to travel, they try to play matchmaker with them. I do like the author’s books but will be so glad when she finally finishes with the Worthington Series. There are way too many characters and I can’t help but think that it simply adds to word count. I hope she will soon venture out into a totally new book. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Lady Augusta Viviers had made up her mind that she would study at the university in Padua, Italy, and that was final. When she informs her brother, the Earl of Worthington who is also her guardian, and her mother of the fact, the former is livid, the latter distraught. Her brother somewhat comes around, but her mother insists Augusta must marry and forget her silly notions of higher learning. Lord Phineas Carter-Woods' brother, the Marquis of Dorchester, also wants Phineas to wed soon, to ensure that the title is secure. Phinn has no intention of getting married in the immediate future. But Helen, Phinn's sister-in-law, is determined to help the family cause, and she introduces Augusta, a scholar, to Phinn, an architect. Helen knows they will be perfect for each other. They are, but how could they ever reconcile their futures, so at odds with married life? Would they even want to alter their plans? The premise is not be the most original, but historical accuracy goes a long way in this sixth installment of The Worthingtons. As much as I love the series, the sheer number of characters is becoming a bit overwhelming. The series is looking more and more like a family saga than interconnected standalone novels. There are so many characters that it's hard to remenber who's what to whom. All the introductions and keeping up with everyone weigh down the narrative, and could easily discourage a new reader. If you feel it might be the case, do not worry too much about getting lost; simply concentrate on the main characters and you'll do fine. The romance between Augusta and Phinn progresses quite slowly, partly because they don't want it to happen.They, too, realise they are ideally suited, but the timing is all wrong. The story itself could have easily been a novella, were it not for the fact that the author treats us to our own Regency Grand Tour, as we leisurely stroll about in Paris, Germany, Hungary, Austria, before reaching Italy. Ella Quinn has done more than her homework: her knowledge of European culture and history is most impressive and her descriptions vibrant. It does take a long time for the romance to unfold, but the road to the happily ever after is a delightfully educational one. Augusta and Phinn are both very appealing characters, and I love that there was no unpleasantness of any sort; the romance is utterly charming. Ms. Quinn is her usual eloquent self, the dialogues are particularly witty, everything feels entirely genuine. In fact, in two instances, maybe even a tad too realistic. I was surprised that the "dangerous obstacles" of the book description consisted of little more than a rather bizarre episode towards the end. However, Phinn's grand gesture was worth the time it took to reach the destination, and made it all worthwhile. I give 3 1/2 stars
Lady Augusta wants to travel and study. She doesn't want to marry, but does agree to one more Season in London. It is definitely not what she wants and plans to get thru all the parties the easiest way she can. Then she meets Phineas, Lord Carter-Wood. She finds that he is interesting and well travelled. Phineas as is fascinated by Augusta as she is him. When trouble comes, Augusta is offered a trip to Europe with her family, which Phineas makes sure to go on. Intrigue and love are all part of the trip. When an attempt is made to kidnap Augusta, Phineas is to the rescue. Loved this book. So good. I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I've just finished reading this book and I feel like I've just traveled through Europe without even leaving my chair! Not only is this an historical romance, it's also jam packed with sights I'd love to see in person, as well as restaurants/cafes I would love to visit!! Lady Augusta Vivers is one smart lady, in fact I'd say she's a genius and all she wants is to be able to attend university in Italy. Lord Phineas Carter-Wood is in search of a wife who can bear him an heir. He falls for Augusta but she is so determined to go to university, he ends up settling to being her good friend for now, until he can convince her that they belong together. Augusta gets the chance to travel through Europe with her cousin and entourage and of course, Phinn ends up following her and he's able to show her all the places she's always dreamed of seeing throughout Europe. This is where the author excels in her description of these travels. It's a very slow burn romance and there's a LOT of characters in the story (from previous books in this series) so it can get a bit confusing at times but I must say it was an enjoyable read. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Polyglot Heroine 3.5*. The heroine is a bluestocking (an educated, intelligent woman) but that fact is concealed from the ton lest she ruin her marriage prospects. Not sure why this would be the case as 1) she doesn’t want to marry this season as she wants to study in Padua (a university chosen because it once accepted a woman) and 2) she would never be happy with any man who didn’t embrace her intellect, so what would be the point of concealing it. There had obviously already been talk as Phinn’s sister-in-law had identified Augusta as a potential match for him based on her knowledge of languages and geography before she even took her place in Society, so her mother must have been extolling her daughter’s accomplishments even if no other gentleman appears to have known about it. Never having read any previous books by this author I did find the plethora of characters rather confusing and was often unsure which were friends and which were family, and if the latter how they they were related to the heroine. Perhaps a family tree or character list that the reader could refer back to would help. I also found the book overly long and felt it needed tightening or alternatively more action, to stop the readers attention from wandering. The author obviously has a lot of historical knowledge but at times the book read like a early C19th travel journal. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Worse book in series so far..very boring and long.