About the Book
Series: The Spinster Chronicles
Genre: Adult, Historical, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Phase Publishing
Publication date: October 1, 2019
The spinster next door…Grace Morledge is a failure. Or so her father believes, as she is unmarried despite her advantages. In his mind, Grace must have significant flaws to be a spinster and something must be done about them. To her mortification, he demands she be fully examined and all flaws recorded. And the man he chooses is the worst possible candidate of all.Aubrey Flint, Lord Ingram, has known Grace since childhood, but he never anticipated Lord Trenwick demanding he examine her for flaws. How can perfection have faults? Reluctantly, he accepts the assignment, and finds far more than he bargained for, and perfection becomes more and more tempting.
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"They were smart to include you." Grace jerked slightly to look at him again. "What?" He nodded fervently. "I mean it. Georgie is no fool, Grace, and I have no doubt she made a study of the other unmarried women in Society. You are the best of the lot. It was only natural they should choose you." Her heart leapt for joy and seemed to be burning within her. "You don’t know the rest of the lot, Aubrey." "Don’t have to," he quipped. "I know you." Oh, but the look in his eyes made her feel like a lovesick girl of twelve again, and it was all she could do to keep from smiling an accompanying lovesick smile that would have been entirely too obvious. Not that she was lovesick. She was simply touched. And embarrassed. And perhaps a bit feverish. That was all. Aubrey blinked and the look was gone. He slapped his thighs and rose fluidly, running a hand through his hair and disheveling it in a way that reminded her of the boy she had known in Derbyshire, and her heart lurched. "Well, I suppose that’s enough for today," he rambled, his words not quite as crisp as normal. "I will see you tomorrow at the Sterlings’, and I will assess your interaction with various people at that point." Grace slowly rose, watching Aubrey curiously. "Very well. Miranda will be there, you know. We could confront her." "Yes, yes, excellent thought," he replied absently. "I’ll bring my suit of armor for whatever she tosses in retaliation." Grace laughed at the image that brought, and Aubrey seemed to shudder at it. "Right," he said, turning to her and bowing. "Good day, Grace." "Good day, Aubrey." He left before she finished, and she stared after him, still curious. What in the world? Then her mother crossed the corridor, casting another knowing look at Grace. All curiosity and delight evaporated swiftly, and Grace snapped back into discontent, moving quickly towards the music room. He was not good for her. He couldn’t be.
What do you do when you have a parent who is bound and determined to find out your flaws and fix you no matter what. Grace is a beautiful and lovely young woman who has not yet been married. And in her father's eyes, that is just unacceptable. So instead of thinking that the young men are just foolish, it must be Grace's fault instead. So her father sets up quite a shocking scheme to have her "examined". And when I say shocking, I find this scheme shocking even by today's standards.
I liked Grace and her friends stand by her through the thick and thin. Aubrey, the gentleman her father has chosen to examine her is doing so only to protect her. Aubrey himself finds all of this quite shocking. Their banter was great fun to read and I really enjoy their slow fall into love. There was some really great lines in this story.
I enjoy author Connolly's stories very much. This is a clean read but does contain some minor language. I look forward to more in this series as the other Spinsters find their love matches. The cover is gorgeous as well.
I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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