You know those books that are simply fun to read? This one is one of those. Kristi Ann Hunter’s debut was a fabulous read and I’m looking forward to more from Hunter.
Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke–with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.
When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men–one she’s never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.
As I realized the plot was going in a different direction from my expectations, I became super excited to read how it would all pan out. There was more mystery than I expected and this was one of those books where as a reader I was really excited to “know” stuff the character didn’t and watch it all unfold for them.
I really liked all the characters involved as well. I found myself laughing at many things involving Miranda, loving the interaction between many of the characters and I found myself already looking forward to the next in the series (I haven’t confirmed this, but please be true!).
This was a delightful novel that kept me thoroughly entertained.
Oh and if you’re debating, you can check out the free novella, A Lady of Esteem. I have it in my kindle waiting and excited to read the story about a couple characters we meet in this novel!
What’s a new or new-to-you series you’ve discovered recently?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)