About the Book:
Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There’s only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.
Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle’s heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.
A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar’s daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?
As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar’s daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?
Four out of five stars
Another great Proper Romance from Josi Kilpack! Her books continue to draw me into the moral dilemmas of her characters and never fail to get me thinking about perspectives and issues I’ve never considered before. I’ll admit, as an introvert, I sympathized a little more with Lenora’s predicament than Cassie’s at first, but by the time everything goes wrong, I cared for both their heartbreaks.
Cassie, as the youngest daughter, is social and loves being around people. She has already waited three long years for her sister Lenora to make her match so Cassie can have a turn in society. I felt her parent’s unbending attitude about a ridiculous rule caused a lot of problems and would have liked them to acknowledge that they had some fault in what happened, which they never did. I get wanting to shelter Lenora, but I like how even she came to realize this did more harm than good.
I really liked the growth both sisters experienced as they were forced to deal with the consequences of their lies. I did feel like a little more development of the romance between Evan and Cassie before the truth was revealed would have helped me care a little bit more. It seemed like their few letters got personal really quickly and felt a bit unrealistic for him to base courting Lenora off them. The book was heavier on character growth rather than romance development, which can be nice since sometimes the romance in this genre can get a little melodramatic, but I still would have liked to see a deeper connection between the three involved before things went wrong.
Very well-written, as always. Kilpack continues to impress with every book and this was no exception. The sensory details drew me into the setting and even the minor characters were well developed. There was a slight religious undertone, the father is a vicar, that tied in with Cassie seeking forgiveness and restitution, but nothing overbearing and preachy.
So excited to see what one of my favorite authors will deliver next!