Behind every little secret…
Mary Hamilton has had enough of being passed over by all of the eligible men in London, though she’s had years and years of practice, and she’s ready to give it up. But before she hangs up her dancing shoes for good, she wants one season of everything she’s never had - invitations, flirtation, and suitors. But will all of that actually give her what she’s always secretly wanted?
…there’s another secret waiting…
Geoffrey Harris is more than happy to spend his time being permanent escort to Mary during her final season in London. After all, she’s been his best friend for years, and what better way to send her off than in grand style? But when her plan actually starts to work, he isn’t so sure he wants any part of it, leaving him to wonder what it is he does want. Or who.
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I really liked this and always enjoy long-time friend love stories (wishful yearning no doubt ^_^). My only complaint was that the story dragged a bit in places where the hero and heroine were ridiculous about expressing and realizing openly and plainly that they loved each other. Especially Geoff. He went nearly 100 pages after realizing he loved Mary without making any real push to court or declare his love to her - despite lots of encouraging revelations and reactions. With no stated logical reason like a fear of ruining their friendship. I liked the Casandra subplot and her character growth. I know society at that time did judge female jilts very harshly, but the intensity, extent and duration of ostracism seen in this book seemed excessive, with few to none of the available practical steps taken to repair her standing. However, Casandra's exclusion served as a useful plot device. Love the continuation of the epilogue family stories and how this one addressed a very real and distressing issue.
You do not want to miss Secrets of a Spinster, the third novel in Rebecca Connolly's Arrangement series. Watch as Mary Hamilton decides to enter her final London season on a lark, hoping to help her sister, Cassandra, who was blacklisted, after she refused one of London's leading bachelors. Mary is not sure if London will accept her now; however, she knows she can count on her best friend, Geoffrey Harris, to remain by her side! Geoffrey Harris has a front row seat to view Mary's transformation, as she has asked Geoffrey to be her permanent escort for the season. Mary is pleasantly surprised when London welcomes her with open arms! More men show up a her front door than she would ever have imagined. Soon Geoffrey is confused as he watches Mary transform, not only into a beauty; but also a woman with a sharp and conniving spirit! Geoffrey has no idea what happened to the sweet girl he had been friends with for all these years. The other thing that Geoffrey has no idea about is the secret Mary has kept under wraps, throughout their friendship. Hold on until the final pages, when you will see this secret finally revealed! http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
I enjoyed the book. I didn't love it.