Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?
But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exiled to Yorkshire. Alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?
After taking a break from reading I feel like this was a good book to start with. It was a nice easy read.
Amber Sterlington is a member of the ton who is currently going through her first season. As the belle of the season she has her share of admirers and only has to pick one to be her husband. Her sister is placed in the roll of companion, living in her sister’s shadow. Amber’s new maid Suzanne points out that she has been losing hair at an alarming rate and when her mother finds out Amber is confined to her bed in hopes of recovering. While in her confinement her sister quickly fills the roll as belle of the season and even wins the affection of the man Amber had chosen to be her husband. Amber tries to seduce Lord Sunther causing an embarrassing scene.
Amber is sent away to live in Step Cottage. Here is where she must come to terms with losing part of herself but finding so much more.
Mr. Richards falls in love with Amber the moment he sees her, along with every other man. But when she snubs him at a dance he vows to forget all about her and goes on about his life.
Their lives go on when chance thrusts them together. Amber refuses to let him see her and Mr. Richards learns early on who she really is.
If you want to know more you will have to read the book. I already feel like I have given away enough to go under spoiler status.
Character wise I liked Mr. Richards the best, of course… Amber could have been a little better. But, I did like the person she became.
The writing in the book was very good, it caught my attention early on and kept me reading. I think that the best part was the lack of an instant love. Their affection really grew in a normal and realistic fashion which made me quite happy.
The couple things that fell short for me in this book was the lack of focus on other characters. I know that Amber is the main focus but it would have been nice to see things through Suzanne’s point of view as well. For example when she goes into town or when she goes to the dances in town. The lack perspective kept this book from being 4 stars for me.
Overall this was a good book and I was glad I put in the time to read it.