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I liked that the whole story of why Daniel had to flee to Europe was finally revealed - I adored Daniel and Anne - but I really liked Harriet and Francesca and all the craziness that those two young ladies could get up to. I didn’t quite figure out everything with the nutcase who wanted to kill Anne - like why he was going to Australia and what will happen to his wife - but maybe that's just me trying to solve all the world problems.
The second book in the Smythe-Smith Quartet tells the story of Daniel Smythe-Smith, the Earl of Winstead and Anne Wynter.
Daniel has returned to England three years after having seriously wounded his friend Hugh Prentice in a duel. Hugh's father has hunted Daniel around Europe in revenge for Hugh's injury. Hugh, who blames himself for the unfortunate duel, makes a deal with his father that allows Daniel to return to London. Daniel is now attempting to reclaim his life. However, he fears that Hugh's father still intends on seeking revenge.
The night of Daniel's return in the annual Smythe-Smith musicale. (His arrival is told in the first book of the series JUST LIKE HEAVEN). There he meets Anne, who is governess to some of Daniel's cousins. Anne has a tragic past because she was seduced by a neighbor and then cast out of her home by her parents. She is hiding from her past, but of course, in this book, her past comes back to confront her.
I liked this book, and I really liked Daniel. Unfortunately, I never really liked Anne all that much. I felt a great disconnect between her actions in the past and her current behavior. I understood intellectually her changes, but never felt that it was explained enough in her characterization.
That being said, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
The adventures of the Smythe-Smith family are the most fun reading since the infamous Bridgerton family series. The Smythe-Smiths were first introduced in the Bridgerton series. Each year the family presents a musicale performed by four ladies from the large group of cousins. Each performance is memorable due to the fact that the Smythe-Smith family has no musical talent- but don't tell them! In A Night Like This, Daniel arrives home from abroad on the eve of the annual musical. He discovers a new face in the quartet. Anne Wynter, governess of his cousins, has been required to stand in for his ill cousin. He is immediately attracted to Anne, but Anne has a secret that forces her to fight her desire for Daniel. Can Daniel find a way to convince Anne he can be trusted with both her secret and her heart?