Source: publisher for review
ABOUT THE BOOK
Philip Wyndham has never envied his older brother for being the heir to Edenbrooke. He would much rather carve out his own destiny than live under the constraints of that position. But when his older brother dies unexpectedly, Philip's life is turned upside down as duty requires him to give up the life he planned. Philip takes on his new role as the most sought-after bachelor in London with alternating reluctance, boredom, and resentment. But all that changes the night fate leads him to an inn, where he meets the incomparable Marianne Daventry.
I was so excited when I heard about this book. Having absolutely loved Donaldson's Edenbrooke, I was thrilled to be able to read some more about Philip. And I was not disappointed. Though there were a couple of small discrepancies between this novella and the full length novel, I found them minor since the main reason I wanted to read the book was to see Marianne and Philip's meeting from Philip's perspective. And that part I found absolutely delightful, more than making up for any small errors. I pretty much smiled the whole time I was reading the last part of the story and matching it up with Marianne's version of events. I couldn't help but laugh at some moments. I have to say that this scene is one of my all time favorite book scenes ever. And I fell a bit more in love with Philip. He is probably my all time favorite book hero, although maybe it's a tie with Mr. Darcy, hmmm, I'll have to ponder that some more. ;)