Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.
William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte’s father’s pick, not the young lady’s own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return–and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte’s sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.
Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace?
The Captivating Lady Charlotte is the second book in the Regency Brides A Legacy of Grace Series from Carolyn Miller. I always enjoy a good Regency story. I think this book was extremely well written. It really captured the tone and setting of the Regency period. I liked that this story had layers beyond just a typical romance between the characters. Individually, Charlotte and William each had issues that they were battling to overcome, which affected their lives and relationship. Heartache, forgiveness, trust, acceptance and a recognition of love over infatuation are some of the things these characters confront in this story. Usually I am more drawn to the heroine of a book, however in this particular story, I found myself admiring William’s character. He was kind, protective, thoughtful and his direct manner with Charlotte was something I appreciated. I looked at this book as somewhat of a coming of age story about Charlotte. She was young and naive about life and love, but I felt that would be typical of someone of her age during their first season. I did have trouble connecting with Charlotte’s character. She tended to be superficial and dismissive to William because he wasn’t as young or as attractive as her ideal suitor. However, time and circumstances allowed her character to grow and mature throughout the story. A little bit of mystery is hidden in this story, making for an exciting and dangerous conclusion that will keep you turning the pages. Historical fiction fans and readers who particularly enjoy Regency novels will enjoy this latest book from Carolyn Miller.
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