BOOK BLURB: Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.
When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.
When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.
Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.
He swung the coat off his shoulders and around hers, and as he brought the collar together at her neck, she stepped toward him, bold as brass and yet calm as a summer’s morn. His hands stilled at her throat, the edges of the coat still in his hands.
They stared at one another with only inches between them. The feelings and sensations of last evening’s waltz came back to her, testifying that what she’d felt had nothing to do with the dancing and everything to do with the two of them and what happened when the space between them disappeared.
She lifted her chin as though by instinct, knowing somehow that it would serve as a request and feeling certain he would answer
REVIEW: This is a fifth book in A Proper Romance series but they’re written in such a way that all can be read as a stand alone. However, this books heroine’s story originated with the fourth book and since I’ve missed out on the last two books, I also missed out on that introduction. Because of that, I think I need to backtrack, and soon. I really want to get the full scope of Lenora and her character.
Regardless, this was a sweet, tender and poignant story of someone who is extremely shy and quiet, who slowly and painfully, yet with determination, comes out of that shell. This journey she takes was well written and it brought her character to life.
The hero of this tale was someone I really liked a lot. He was an honorable, decent and loving man, which was good for not just our heroine but for his niece as well. The chemistry between the two can be felt from the start.
I also enjoyed a slew of secondary characters, from the said niece who at times needed spanking, to Aunt Gwen.
If you’ve read any of the stories from this author, you know exactly what she’s capable of. But if you’re a first time reader, I’d say you’re in for a treat. Highly recommending it.
Melanie for b2b
Gift ARC provided by the publisher
AUTHOR BIO: Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.
When Kensington Press picked up her first national women’s fiction novel, As Wide as the Sky, Josi was in need of a pen name to differentiate between her other genres. For years, Josi has been called Jessica Pack by people who hear her name but don’t know her. It made her new pen name easy to choose. As Wide as the Sky will be released in paperback sometime in 2018.
For more information about Josi or her books, please visit her blog, What is a Sundial In the Shade?