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I've been looking forward to James' story after falling in love with his character in 'To Catch A Heiress'. I love him and Elizabeth, they are probably her most romantic couple to date. The declarations between the two of them at the end are extremely romantic. I enjoyed the plot as well and it was nice to see Blake and Caroline again from the aforementioned "TCAH" And, having read the Bridgerton's, I already knew and loved Lady Danbury. Nice to see Dunford from "Minx" as well making a cameo appearance.
On reading this again though, one thing occurred. Surely in the 5 years that Elizabeth worked for Lady Danbury, James would have visited his aunt. How did he avoid meeting her?
Julia Quinn does is again with yet another thoroughly enjoyable tale, packed with delightful characters and cracking wit.
I fell in love with James Sidwell, Marquis of Riverdale, when he showed up in 'To Catch An Heiress', so to have him star in his own novel was never going to be anything less than wonderful. Lizzie is an endearingly clumsy heroine who will do anything for her family, and James is just suave, sophisticated and utterly charming - as always.
But what truly makes this tale is Lady Danbury, the dragon of the 'ton', who also happens to have a heart of (grumpy) gold. It's also nice to see the return of Caroline and Blake, being less than helpful - again, as always. But amusing. JQ never fails to make her stories that.
Before the 'Bridgertons' there was this, and I reckon it's every bit as good.
Times are hard for Elizabeth. Three younger siblings and no money. So when she finds a book in her employer's library on How to Marry a Marquis, she borrows it. The problem is that she tries to practice on the new estate manager. What could possibly go wrong? Well, this is Julia Quinn, so everything.