Her heart is her own—but her hand in marriage is another matter
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 hen 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? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean, and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller.
I very much enjoyed author Carolyn Miller’s debut and first novel in her series and I have enjoyed how her second book, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, just built onto her regency world. This story focuses on Charlotte, who is the cousin of Lavinia. Charlotte is just beginning her season and is captivated herself by the attention that she is receiving from all the young and old men alike, trying to win her affections. Her fancy is caught by a man that her family will not approve of and they have approved a man who Charlotte is less than thrilled with.
This story really showcased the different culture and time and how young women of means were treated and the expectations of their situations in society. An obedient daughter, Charlotte will follow her parent’s rules regardless of where her heart lays or her true wishes. This was a beautiful story of love and I dare say submission and what can come of it. Not that Charlotte’s parents were that great, but the man who asked for her hand in marriage was a different story. He listened to her and cared about her thoughts and feelings of him and life in general.
We are reunited with beloved characters from the previous books and I found it refreshing how author Miller continued their story. Spiced with a bit of sadness and danger, this story will long stay with me and I really look forward to a certain character (I have somewhat disliked in the previous book) and her story next. I will say that how the author set up the first few chapters, in which we meet the main characters, was quite memorable to me. Beautiful covers, lyrical titles, and exceptional stories on the inside make this Regency series one for the keeper shelf.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.