Catherine Middlebrook is in London to find a husband to save her family from her mother's spendthrift ways. She meets Mary Elizabeth Waters at Almak's and they become fast friends. Mary Elizabeth is in England from the Highlands to also find a husband under the watchful eye of her brother Alex. Alex does everything to fight his attraction to Catherine, but can he win her over or will duty guide her choice of husbands.
This was a sweet romance. I loved the banter between Catherine and Alex. The supporting characters of Mary Elizabeth and Mrs. Middlebrook helped make the novel.
The one thing I was confused about was the changing of names. There were places that Catherine was referred to as Miss Angel and her mother Mrs. Angel. I can understand Catherine being referred to as Angel but not her mother being called Mrs. Angel. Catherine's other suitor is referred to as Lord What's-It, Lord NambyPamby and Lord Namby. If these were intended to be literary devices, they failed. The references to Angel & Mrs. Angel seemed more like someone didn't catch a name change in final editing.
Overall, I did enjoy the novel and loved that the author used the word varlet.
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