I have loved all the books in the Seasons of Change series by different authors. This is Jess’s second novel and I had read the first one but I can’t remember it enough to know if this is Jess’s writing style.
It’s a well rounded story and characters but long winded too. I’m a little confused at how it’s 350 pages when not many events happened…?
Arabella meets up with old childhood friends, Ruth and her cousin Augustus, at a ball during the season. She’s set to depart with her mother to a house party where Lord Thornton hopefully will come as she’s expecting an offer of marriage from him. But her father hastily comes up with a half planned diversion as she stays at Fairhaven with Augustus and Ruth. It’s a little awkward with Augustus, she loved them but hasn’t heard from him in 8 years. Same with Ruth and Ruth is charming and exuberant but to Arabella – sadly lacking in lady-like qualities. So Arabella starts training Ruth and Augustus’s younger sister Sarah. Somehow all of that is like 200 pages worth.
There’s a love triangle, second chance romance and a sinister plot to keep Arabella and Ruth separate. I did enjoy Augustus as a hero and it was great to see the change in Arabella.
She stood up to her mother and stopped being a puppet. This book brought up suicide and how it was treated then which was interesting. Could be a trigger.
This is the fourth book in a multi-author series. I have loved all of these books! They are stand alones, not even same characters but each one had so much depth to it. Some have a new and fresher take on Regency romance too.
The fifth one is out and the next one comes out in 2 weeks! I need to get to reading!!