|Lydia Trent is seventeen years-old and waiting for her fiancé, Marcus, Lord Russell to arrive for their betrothal party. He finally arrives, late and intoxicated. His mother arranges for him to take her for a walk in the gardens, and well... that is when the two get to have a few moments of delight. Marcus leaves afterwards not intending to marry her right away since he feels she is too young. Six years later Lydia is tired of waiting for Marcus. While he has been traveling and having women, she has been home waiting for him, so she writes him asking him to be released from their troth.
At this point Marcus is not quite offended, nor angry, but he is so full of himself that he feels he can just charm her into staying betrothed. Lydia is determined to marry someone who will not just make love to her but be her friend and respect her. She does not believe Marcus is that man. Between his mother, his pride and her pride the two have quite a fun and passionate journey towards the end of the story. Ms. Vane gave us a witty, exciting and vivid tale!
I enjoyed the growth both Lydia and Marcus went through. I thought their chemistry was good and their story was truly wonderful. I loved how Ms. Vane stayed within the strictures of the period and yet allowed Lydia to be more than just the stereotypical, historical novel heroine. Lydia is a compelling girl. I felt great sympathy for her having to wait six years to even see Marcus again. Ms. Vane is a very eloquent and imaginative author, she managed to show us more than just Marcus's pride, she showed us who he really is beneath it all. I loved this book!
Reviewer: Teresa T.
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