‘The Summer Bride’ by Anne Gracie

tsb agSTORY: Fiercely independent Daisy Chance has a dream—and it doesn’t involve marriage or babies (or being under any man’s thumb). Raised in poverty, she has a passion—and a talent—for making beautiful clothes. Daisy aims to become the finest dressmaker in London.

Dashing Irishman Patrick Flynn is wealthy and ambitious, and has entered society to find an aristocratic bride. Instead, he finds himself growing increasingly attracted to the headstrong, clever and outspoken Daisy. She’s wrong in every way—except the way she sets his heart racing.

However, when Flynn proposes marriage, Daisy refuses. She won’t give up her hard-won independence. Besides, she doesn’t want to join the fine ladies of society—she wants to dress them. She might, however, consider becoming Flynn’s secret mistress. . .

But Flynn wants a wife, not a mistress, and when Flynn sets his heart on something, nothing can stand in his way. . .

REVIEW: London – 1817

Daisy Chance was born and raised in poverty. Her dream is to be a dressmaker but feels that it is just not something that is possible for her. Her mentor, Lady Beatrice Devenham, insists that she must learn to act and speak like a lady first.

Lady Beatrice has taken in Daisy and her “sisters” Abby, Jane, and Damaris claiming that they are her nieces. The girls had found Beatrice ill and ignored in her bedroom. (How this came about makes it a must for readers to “devour” earlier books in this series.) In addition, Lady Beatrice’s butler, Featherby, and footman, William, were once down-and-out men who have been given a second chance in life by this wonderful lady and have turned out to be excellent and loyal employees.

Patrick Flynn is a very successful trader and a man who enjoys wearing flamboyant waistcoats made by Daisy. Today, he is taking Daisy with him to inspect his latest cargo shipment. He has promised to let her have first pick of some of the sumptuous fabrics that just arrived from exotic places. She is eager to get some beautiful material for her dressmaking.

Lady Beatrice likes Flynn and is always asking him if he has found a woman to marry. In fact, he is considering Lady Elizabeth Compton, daughter of the Earl of Compton. Even though Flynn is quite rich and his money comes from trade, the Earl may be willing to allow the marriage if the man is wealthy enough. It has become known that the Earl is in debt. However, Elizabeth is not keen on Flynn.

Daisy is hard-working, stubborn, and a very talented dressmaker. Her dream is to have a posh dress shop where she can sell her designs. She insists that she will not accept monetary help from others to achieve her dream.

As she and Flynn interact, their attraction cannot be denied. Even though Flynn repeatedly asks her to marry him, she refuses.

Can this determined young woman find that even though others have failed her in the past, she can learn to trust again? Will Flynn tire and find a wife of the ton?

I loved this book and have read several in the series. The characters are adorable. I want an Aunt Beatrice too. She’s the best.

Complimentary copy provided by the author

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