Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she’s long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.
She thinks he’s just plain mad…
Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn’t matter. She doesn’t care that his leg is less than perfect, it’s his personality she can’t abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless …
New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn’s enchanting third novel in the Smythe-Smith quartet is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and tug at your heartstrings in equal measures.
REVIEW: Lady Sarah Pleinsworth is staying with her large family at Fensmore to attend the wedding of her cousin, Honoria Smythe-Smith to the Earl of Chatteris. The following week they are to journey to Whipple Hall to attend the wedding of Daniel Smythe-Smith and Miss Anne Wynter. The two grand affairs will be hosting an enormous amount guests.
Some years before, Daniel Smythe-Smith and his friend, Hugh Prentice, foolishly fought a duel over a game of cards. Hugh shot Daniel in the shoulder and Daniel shot Hugh in the thigh, shattering the femur. After a long convalescence, Hugh is now left with a bad limp and constant pain. He now needs a cane to walk. Since then, the Smythe-Smith family has held a grudge against Hugh even though Hugh and Daniel have made up as friends. Therefore, when Sarah learns that Hugh is invited to attend these two weddings, she is unhappy as she has never forgiven Hugh for hurting her cousin, Daniel, never mind that Hugh is left with a worse injury.
When Sarah finds that she has been “assigned” to keep Hugh company during his visit, she is angry. However, as they get to know one another better, an attraction begins to grow which leads to some quite clever banter between them.
Hugh’s father has always been a hateful man to him and his older brother, Freddie. I won’t go into the reason for this as it would be a spoiler. But suffice to say I got very aggravated with Hugh for not standing up to his father’s anger. I just wanted to yell, “Man up, Hugh!”
I have always been a huge fan of Julia Quinn. Her signature humor is very well done. However, in this book I was confused by her attention to detail by maintaining consistency with the UK spelling, yet she added some bits of modern American slang. While the plot was good, I just feel that this is not one of her better novels. However, this is quick, light read and one that I’m sure will be enjoyed by many readers.
Connie for b2b
*Book provided by my local Library.