Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold,
bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older
sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many
social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and Cassie has
no choice except to wait her turn.
Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been
named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that
will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted.
A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change
everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship,
Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister
but her good intentions may lead to disaster.
As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora
are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able
to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?
Josi Kilpack has written another winning historical romance. I've really come to love this A Proper Romance series by Shadow Mountain. There hasn't been one that I haven't absolutely adored. Kilpack's books though have a unique feeling of depth to them as her characters make mistakes, then have to deal with the consequences. There are even times when I don't like the characters, or at least want to jump into the book and tell them not to do certain things.
Cassie longs to be out in society but because of her parents rules, she must wait until her sister, Lenora, finds a husband. The problem is that Lenora is so painfully shy that she avoids social events whenever possible. After hearing about an encounter between Lenora and Evan Glenside at the latest ball, Cassie decides that this may be her chance to help her sister find a match. What she doesn't expect however is to fall for Evan herself. And like most such deceptions, the truth comes out eventually, but not until things have moved far enough along between Evan and Lenora that a scandal results. And now Cassie, Lenora, and Evan, as well as their families must live with the consequences.
I really enjoyed getting to know Cassie and Evan, the letters were especially fun. But it's especially touching to watch Cassie as she grows up and starts to think more about others. And poor Evan, what a sweet man, who is having to not only adjust to a rise in social status, but now he must face a damaged reputation. Thankfully, Cassie works hard to try to undo as much of the damage as she can. Not only has Kilpack written a beautiful romance, but also a touching story of repentance and forgiveness and the need we all have to change and improve. This book is definitely going on my favorites shelf.
I am currently working as a elementary school librarian which I love. I enjoy sharing books on my blogs of which I have two (Geo Librarian and LDS and Lovin' it). I also review for School Library Journal.