I read this book last year in May, when it released, but am doing a blog post about it! 1) Because I love this book so much and 2) Going back and looking at my review just doesn’t do it justice!
Here is my review from May 2019 “I LOVED this book! It was so fun as Grace tries to trap Nate. He was so determined to be a gentleman. This story had lots of twists and I didnt know if they would get their HEA. I would love a sequel and see these delightful characters again!”
While it does praise the book, it doesn’t give much to go off of, thankfully I’ve worked on writing reviews and its something that will always be evolving so stick around 🙂
Esther Hatch, previously published a Regency and switched to Victorian era. It was so fun to learn about a new era that had a lot of familiar aspects of life for an upper-class in London. They still went to balls, attended the theater, paid calls, etc. It was more acceptable for gentlemen to work as is the case for Nate. He hopes to expand the railroad industry and the time is right. He isn’t looking for love, especially not now but years from now. Grace, practically the opposite of her name, finds herself desperate and needing a husband. Her Uncle charges her to marry Nathaniel to help pay off his debt and he gives her two weeks to do so!
Grace finds Nate and keeps trying to *cleanly* create situations that if found, they’d have to be married but Nate is too much of a gentleman to stay there for long. Even if Grace is tempting. He can tell that she’s desperate and in need of help but she’s beautiful, she could be with any man.
Hatch has shown to be a historical Rom-Com queen and created a fun plot, kind of like a Regency “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, great character development, witty banter and swoon-worthy kisses.
This is going to be a promising series, the second book “A Proper Charade” is already out and she’s working on a third!
Here’s the official book description:
Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar’s household—with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace’s estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse.
It takes only a moment’s acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.