The Vicar's Daughter

The Vicar's Daughter

by Josi S. Kilpack

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ISBN-13: 9781629722801
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: A Proper Romance Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 573,684
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author


Josi is the author of twenty-five novels, including A Culinary Mystery series and several titles in A Proper Romance series and A Historical Proper Romance series. Her novel A Heart Revealed was a 2015 Publishers Weekly Best Romance Book of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents to four children.

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In nearly three years of eligibility, Lenora had only ever shown interest in one man. This man-Mr. Glenside. If no one intervened, she would throw this opportunity away, and who knew when she might have another. Surely if she remained unmarried in another two or three years their parents would have to consent to let Cassie have her debut-but she would be the same age then that Lenora was now. Not on the shelf, yet, but competing for attention with girls five years her junior. Mr. Bunderson would surely have married by then. Such thoughts made the edges of Cassie's vision shimmer with frustration.

"I shall be an old maid forever," Cassie grumbled as she left the music room and climbed the stairs to her bedchamber as though crushing each step underfoot. Her mother's words rang back to her: "You could help her."

Cassie snorted as she entered her room and closed the door behind her. She had helped, and Lenora had rejected the perfect opportunity to further her acquaintance with an eligible man! "She needs far more help than I could give her," Cassie said to her paintings. Still fuming as she crossed the room, her eyes fixed on her writing desk and her mind spun toward a new possibility.

Was there another way she might help her sister?

With a slower step and a more focused mind, Cassie moved toward the desk. She ran her fingers across the worn wooden surface while a new-and rather desperate-idea began to build itself brick by brick in her mind.

A slow smile spread across Cassie's face. The confidence Lenora needed would only come through success gained through action she was too nervous to take. Cassie, however, could take that action for her and write letters on Lenora's behalf.

She sat down at the writing desk and extracted a fresh sheet of paper.

The first obstacle would be learning to write in Lenora's same hand, but for a woman of artistic talent who could draw nearly anything it did not seem too much of a challenge. The second obstacle would be the delivery of the letter without her parents' or Lenora's knowledge. Young could help there; she was a trusted confidant among the children and had protected Cassie from trouble with her parents before.

Cassie would have to confess after the exchange of just one or two letters, enough to intrigue Mr. Glenside and give Lenora the feeling of being "known" by him. Cassie would be disciplined for her deception if her parents learned of it, but if that confession came on the heels of a young man's interest in Lenora who would come alive in her letters . . . well, then, Cassie would accept whatever penalty might come. And once her penance for the act-not quite a sin since her intent was good-was complete, Cassie would have the chance to truly live her life.

Dancing.

Gowns.

Mr. Bunderson.

Oh, and Lenora's happiness, of course.

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The Vicar's Daughter 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it very much!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Often in books, movies, etc, when a character chooses a course of action bound to bring them embarassment and disgrace, I find myself too uncomfortable experiencing the agony for them to enjoy the story, frequently abandoning it all together. That was not the case here. The author did a good job of depicting how a well intentioned but selfish mistake can spiral quickly out of control, causing wide spread harm, yet she spun it so sympathetically that really one couldn't help but admire how all tried to repair. The only thing that really bothered me was the parents unjust partiality towards Leonora as opposed to Cassie, both before and after the incident. Cassie was the most at fault but no one involved was without blame. It really bothered me that the parents never acknowledged that they bore responsibility for the events too by fostering a situation where desparation was inevitable. They, understandably, coddled Leonora because she was weak and dismissed Cassie's needs because she was strong. And rather than reevaluating their stance when disaster struck, they continued in their course, not trying to determine all the circumstances. It's understandable and all are imperfect, but it was off putting, in a story about growth, repentance and forgiveness, for the two most self-righteous characters to demonstrate little to no improvement. Their attitude was likely period appropriate, and indeed, I thought the story was very true to the Victorian era. However, the Wilton parents angered me. But it's beauty to overlook an offense - Prov 19:11. Good story; will read the sequel, which sounds even more interesting.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved the Regency countryside setting, with the vicar's family at the center of the story along with the newcomer heir to one of the largest estates in the neighborhood. There is a strong focus on the complex dynamics of family relationships which I enjoyed. I loved seeing the generosity Evan's uncle has for him, especially since in most stories the distant heir is reviled or seen as undeserving. Evan's genuine compassion for his uncle's sorrow creates a balance in their relationship where they are each benefiting from the other's support. In fact, that is what I liked most about Evan, his genuine nature, and that is what I think he found attractive in Cassie. Her manipulation of Evan and Lenora is not well thought out, and the deeper she gets, the more complicated the situation becomes. I initially found it hard to have sympathy for her, but the author is skilled at writing flawed characters and then bringing about a deep redemption, so when Cassie was enduring her period of penitence and self-reflection I felt for her anguish and admired her determination to make things right with those suffering from the consequences of her impulsive decisions. The cast of characters was so vivid and really came to life in my head as I read the book. I absolutely loved the resolution and it made up for some of the more depressing parts when I got my happy ending ;) (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
What do you do when you're so caught up in a story that you don't want to put it down for anything? You read all day, of course! Cassie is the youngest daughter of a vicar and isn't allowed to "come out" to society until her older, extremely anxiety-ridden and shy, sister is married off. Cassie has the very best intentions at heart when she secretly writes letters to a potential beau, posing as her sister, but it all backfires in a heart wrenching way. When my husband and I were first dating, I remember being in the computer lab at school and I was instant messaging him. I had to leave for a minute and my friend took over, pretending to be me. Understandably, he wasn't too happy about that and I could completely see how Evan felt about his whole situation with these two sisters, although his was carried much further.    I was very caught up in the whole story and felt a part of it from the start. The emotions are very tangibly written--from the attraction, to the flutters of love, to the pain and anguish associated with guilt. If I was caught in a similar situation, I'd want to run and hide, but Cassie does everything she can to repair things and I can't help but to admire her greatly. This book has a very engaging storyline, as well as fantastic characters, and I loved it all! Content: mild romance; mild moments of innocent deception. *I received a copy through Netgalley. No favorable review was required and all thoughts are my own.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cassie Wilton, age 20, is one of 6 daughters of Vicar Wilton and his wife. The family’s tradition has been that each daughter has her Season starting with the oldest until she is married. After that, the next daughter has her Season, and so on. Cassie is frustrated because her older sister, Lenora, is to have her third Season and still has not become betrothed. That means Cassie cannot have a Season until she does. It appears that Lenora is quite shy and happy to be a homebody. When Cassie’s mother suggests that she might be able to help Lenora gain more confidence in herself, she wonders how she can do this. Evan Glenside has recently met his great uncle, Hastings Glenside. Evan has been working at a London accounting office and will one day inherit his uncle’s estate in Bedfordshire. Evan is also working hard to support his widowed mother and younger sisters. Later, he will move them to the Dowager House located on the ground of the estate. Now, Evan is living with his uncle and participating in some local events as he prepares to one day take his place as the head of Glenside Manor. His uncle has been very depressed since his wife died and tends to drink too much. Tonight, Evan is off to a ball. While there, Evan escapes to the garden for a breath of fresh air where he encounters Lenora Wilton. Hearing a lady sniffling, Evan doesn’t see her face, but simply offers her his handkerchief and goes back inside. Later, Lenora tells Cassie about it explaining that she needed to get away from the crowd for a few minutes and found she was sitting near a plant to which she is allergic, thus her sniffling. It seems strange to Cassie that two people would choose to hide in the garden. Hoping to match them up, Cassie proposes Lenora accompany her father, the Vicar, to welcome Evan to the community and return his handkerchief. She hopes their meeting will spark a romance that will see Lenora married so Cassie can finally have a Season. In addition, she decides to write to Evan, posing as Lenora. The notes pass back and forth but Cassie receives them, not Lenora. Soon, Evan suggests the Vicar’s family come for dinner at the Manor so he can try to get to know Lenora, but her shyness simply prohibits any connection between them. By now, Cassie has become enthralled with Evan. Oh, but what can one do to untangle the lies that have been told? This was a good story. I think readers will find themselves liking or disliking certain characters. For me, Lenora was ridiculous in her shyness. I think it was very unfair of the Vicar and his wife to make Cassie wait for her Season. They should have let Lenora be the quiet homebody she is and allow Cassie to get on with her life. I am curious to find what other readers think about this. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
I love me some Proper Romance Books. I love them. I haven't read one yet that hasn't been wonderful. Kilpack does it again with another great novel. Historical romances are probably one of my favorite genre's. This story is so sweet, and so frustrating all at the same time. Which makes it a wonderful read. I couldn't put this book down. Cassie is dying to be out in society, but she has to wait for her older sister to find a match. Lenora, is quiet, scared, and not good in social situations. Cassie on the other hand is out going, connects well with people, and is ready to be out and available to date. Tradition is tradition though, and Cassie's parents are all about tradition. A new man is in town though, and he is new to the whole high society thing. He has become heir to his Great-Uncles fortune because he is the only surviving heir to take over. While he is trying to become acquainted with the high life he takes a breather at one of the balls. While taking his break he hears someone else come up, and hears her crying so Evan tries not to intrude, but wants to offer a neckerchief to her. When doing so he meets Lenora. It's a just a quick meet but enough to peak an interest. Cassie, sees an opportunity, and takes it. If she can get Lenora married she can finally come out in society and start a family of her own. What Cassie does, is out of love for her sister, even if it is a bit deceitful. This is when the story gets really interesting. There is a love story, along with some impropriety and deceit. It makes for an interesting story. It's the first time this little town has really seen any kind of scandal. If you like historical romances you will enjoy this book. I hope you take a chance to read it. Source: I was given this book as part of a tour. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book. Content: Clean and wonderful