Millworth Manor #3
While this is the third book in the series, it’s my first look at this author. I have learned that while I generally prefer to read series in order, with romances, it’s not absolutely necessary since the main characters usually differ in each book, as is the case here.
Lady Delilah Hargate is a young widow who has traveled to America as chaperone to her sister. While there she indulges in an “adventure,” a one night stand with an American named Sam, who she believes is a low level employee of a friend of her sister’s affianced, and he believes the chaperone, “Mrs. Hargrove,” to be a distant relative of his friend.
Delilah has always been very proper so this was a shocking escapade for her. In the morning, she slips out, determined to never see him again. She returns to England to help her sister Camille prepare for her wedding and finds out that her fortune is in danger. Someone is claiming to be her late husband’s heir, and her funds will be tied up until it is resolved.
Several weeks ahead of the wedding, the groom’s best friend Sam shows up, along with a business proposition – he wants to invest in Mr. Benz’s new horseless carriage business. He is shocked to find out the woman who has preyed on his mind since their night together is the lady in residence, and she is horrified to find herself sitting across the table from the dalliance that has plagued her dreams.
I really enjoyed the humor here, the characters were warm and engaging, and the story had some depth to it. All in all, this was a Victorian romantic comedy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will be looking for more from this author.
8/14 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch
THE SCANDALOUS ADVENTURES OF THE SISTER OF THE BRIDE by Victoria Alexander. Zebra Books (Mass Market) (April 29, 2014). ISBN 978-1420132243. 400p.