Book Review

‘The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding’ by Victoria Alexander

tssoagatw vaSTORY: The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor. . .

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.

Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion:

That true love–unlike the perfect wedding–is impossible to plan. . .

REVIEW: At age 30, American Jackson (Jack) Quincy Graham Channing is the Vice President of Graham, Merryweather and Lockwood Banking and Trust in New York.  An intelligent man, he is the great grandson of the founder of the company.  He was raised by his mother, Elizabeth.  It is known that his father, Colonel Basil Channing, part of the well-known and wealthy Channing family in England died before he was born.  It has always been assumed that Jack would one day marry his lifelong friend, Lucinda (Lucy) Merryweather, and daughter of one of the founders.  In actuality, Basil and Elizabeth had met and eloped on a whim.  When Elizabeth’s father found out, he persuaded her to return home and get an annulment.  This was the plan when Elizabeth and Basil parted.  However, before the annulment could happen, Elizabeth found herself pregnant.  She never told Basil that he was a father and chose to raise Jack on her own.

When Basil finds he does have a son, he visits Jack and persuades him to go to England with him.  As it turns out, Jack is the next in line to become the Earl of Briston of Millworth Manor.  While Jack thinks he will be gone for a short time, once he starts getting to know his father’s family, he begins to feel very much at home.
A very good friend of the family is a 26-year-old red-haired beauty named Lady Theodosia (Teddy) Winslow.  Unfortunately, on the death of her father, she and her mother, the Countess of Sallwick found themselves burdened by debts left by her father.  A man with no head for figures, he had been duped by some unscrupulous investors.  One of these is the former fiancé of Teddy.  It is said that he went down with a ship he was sailing on.
Teddy is an very intelligent society woman and, together with her mother, has been making money by becoming society event planners.  Most people feel it is just something they do to fill their time, however, they charge enormous amounts of money as the crème de la crème of society knows that their event will be perfect.  Teddy has used this money to pay off her father’s debts.  Teddy loves what she does and hopes one day to become the premier event planner in all of England.
When Teddy and Jack meet at Millworth Manor, they are attracted to one another but their stubbornness always seems to interfere into allowing the attraction to truly blossom.  However, when they agree to a fake engagement, things really begin to heat up and more fiancée come out of the woodwork.
This is a very good book and I loved the story line.  Some of the humorous remarks made by the different characters will have the reader laughing out loud.
Connie for b2b
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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