Monday, January 27, 2020

Underestimating Miss Cecilia (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley)

Underestimating Miss Cecilia 

(Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #2) 

Paperback – ebook

July 23, 2019

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: KREGEL
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825445903

Will a shrinking violet and a prodigal son come together to better their world?

Cecilia Hatherleigh has many secrets in her shy, sweet heart--but none bigger than her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl's son next door. Her love has persevered over many years, even when he grows to be a bit of a rake. Yet despite his fondness for females, he never seems to see her as anything more than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does has changed that. Rather than pining after his perhaps unworthy love, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newfound faith. Now she's determined to follow God's leading to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.

A London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It's time to turn his life around to please his noble father--and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither will be easy, given his past and the prejudices of the upper echelons of society to which he belongs.

When misadventure strikes at a house party, these two are thrown together even as their lives are upended. If Cecy can't trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they've both done may be for naught-and neither will ever find true love . . .

My thoughts (LVH):  Underestimating Miss Cecilia holds a good premise, and even though the characters didn’t capture me in the beginning, they eventually grew on me. Especially Edward. He is flawed, yet redeemable, and his actions felt authentic. Cecilia’s younger sister, Verity, also adds to the story. I enjoyed the struggles and the faith message.

My fondness of Regency stories has diminished over the past few years, so this one didn’t pull me in as much as I’d hoped. The wording and sentence structure were a bit difficult to read at times.   HOWEVER, fans off this genre might love it more than I did, so don't take my word for it.

This is a good story, but not a Regency favorite. I wasn't wowed. I’ll read the next book in the series (hopefully Verity’s story) and hope I’ll be more captivated.
I received a free copy from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive review.

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