Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Captain Robert Wilkins has never aspired to grandeur. So when the returned war hero unexpectedly inherits the vast estate of Cattersley from his great-aunt, he feels woefully inadequate in his new role. Out of place in his lavish surroundings, his first glimmer of hope comes when he happens upon a lovely trespasser in his gardens.
Words have never come easily for Abigail Rutherford, and she prefers the solitude of exploring the gardens at the neighboring country estate to engaging in uncomfortable conversation. But when she unexpectedly encounters Captain Robert Wilkins in her place of solace, she is surprised at the immediate ease she feels in his presence. Soon her brightest moments are those spent with the captain. But even as their friendship grows into something more, outside forces have other plans for the two. Mr. Mead, the handsome vicar, has also taken a liking to the quiet and timid Abigail and he will stop at nothing to ensure she becomes his wife.
My thoughts: I enjoyed getting to know Abigail as she caught the eye of not just one eligible bachelor, but two. As she gets to know both men, it becomes clear to her who her heart belongs to, but things are seldom easy when it comes to the path to love. I felt bad for Abigail, as she dealt with having a lisp and the way that made some people view her. I had never thought what it would be like to live in a different time frame and have a speech impediment. This story was an interesting glimpse into history.
While I liked Abigail and the Captain, some of the other characters drove me nuts. The Captain reminds me a bit of Captain Wentworth in Persuasion, though Abigail isn't an Anne.
I received this book from Covenant Communications. This is my honest review.
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