‘A Sapphire Season’ by Lynn Morris

ass lmSTORY: Lady Mirabella Tirel, the beautiful daughter of the Marquess of Camarden, takes a practical approach to love since a dashing captain broke her heart at age 17. Now at almost 22 years old, she has decided to endure one last London season to secure a suitable engagement and begin a simple life in the country.

Sir Giles Knyvet is Mirabella’s oldest friend and her most dependable ally, and he is also secretly in love with her. Yet he knows the prospect of a relationship is doubtful: Besides being a mere baronet, he aims to settle a large family debt before sharing his feelings with her. But as Mirabella draws close to a suitable match, Giles may need to interfere to buy himself more time.

REVIEW: Lady Mirabella Tirel is the daughter of the Marquess and Marchioness of Camarden. Her close neighbor is Sir Giles Knyvet, the Baronet of Knyveton Hall.  Miracle and Giles grew up together and are close friends.  The Camarden family is quite wealthy, however, Giles was left with debts when his parents died.

Josephine and Lewin Rosborough are the children of the Reverend and Mrs. Rosborough who also live nearly.  All four young people have been friends all of their lives.

When it comes time for Mirabella to go to London for the season, she insists that Josephine go with her and Giles does the same with Lewin.  Mirabella has decided that it is time she found a husband and decided to make her search in a methodical way.  She selects three prospective gentlemen and makes lists of their pros and cons.  One by one, she eliminates them.  Mirabella is lovely young woman and has many admirers.  In addition, the Ladies Patronesses of Almack like her and her schedule is very busy. She attends many events with Josephine, Giles and Lewin.  Together, they all make many new friends.  The story follows her through her interactions with her friends and the gentlemen who admire her.  When Mirabella realizes that she has finally found the man she really loves but feels that he is interested in another woman, her heart is broken and she decides to return home early.

This is an in-depth book about each of the Almack’s Patronesses, their families and individual quirks. The clothes worn by both the women and men are described in great detail as are the homes and furnishings.  We also learn about the foods served at dinner parties and sweet treats found at Gunter’s. The author describes the operas and the outings in the parks.  If you are interested in learning more about these things, I think you will truly enjoy this book.  The romance story is very sweet and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it.  I applaud the author for her hard work and the enormous amount of research she obviously put into writing this book.  Don’t miss it!

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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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