STORY: An aspiring dressmaker, orphaned Starling Smith is accustomed to fighting for her own survival. But when she’s offered a year’s wages to temporarily pose as a wealthy man’s bride, she suspects ulterior motives. She can’t lose the chance to open her own shop, but she won’t be any man’s lover, not even handsome, infuriating Alisdair Seymour’s…
To prevent his visiting sister from parading potential brides in front of him, Alisdair has decided to present a fake wife. He lost his heart once, and had it broken—he doesn’t intend to do it again. But stubborn, spirited Starling is more alluring than he bargained for, and Alisdair will risk everything he has to prove his love is true…
Set against the sweeping backdrop of 1866 South Australia, Starling is a novel of cherished dreams and powerful desires, and the young woman bold enough to claim them both…
REVIEW: Adelaide South Australia – 1866
Starling Smith was brought up in an orphanage. As she has always had a interest in dressmaking and an eye for combining colors, she works for Alasdair Seymour, owner of Seymour’s Emporium. When Alasdair receives some complaints on Starling for her suggestions to some customers on the colors that would best on them, he threatens to fire her. However, as he sees her determined spirit, he offers the “job” of posing as his wife for a couple of weeks. His sister and her husband are coming for a visit and if he is “married,” his sister won’t be pushing him to get married as she usually does.
When Starling finally agrees, she moves into his home hoping to blend in per his instructions for the allotted time period they agreed upon.
When his sister and her husband arrive, they bring along a beautiful widow named Lavender. It just so happens that Alasdair has been in love with Lavender for many years and was heartbroken when she married a wealthy older man who has since passed away. Lavender is a very spoiled woman who wears only shades of purple which is actually not well suited to her coloring.
The irritation that the spoiled Lavender adds to everyday events makes life for Starling quite difficult. In addition, the attraction and friction between Starling and Alasdair begins to grow.
I had a difficult time trying to like Alasdair. To me, he is simply an arrogant jerk. Why Starling accepted some of his demands makes no sense. I’m sure there are those readers who would truly enjoy the novel more than I did. Starling does show herself to be a strong character and the author has written the character of Lavender quite well.
Connie for b2b
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