Lovely, well-written storyline which makes you think about family structures in Regency England. Matthew and Adelaide both had abusive fathers who ruled their families with an iron rod. Matthew’s father ruled by manipulation and trickery whereas Abigail’s father ruled by fear. When Matthew steps in to help Abigail out of an undesirable situation, he has to tread warily and allow Abigail time to trust him. How he does this and how Abigail comes into her own, makes for a wonderful story which kept my interest from start to finish. Bree has another winner on her hand with this book.
Having suffered at the hands of his father's betrayal Matthew could have given in to hatred. Having suffered at the hands of her father Adelaide could have given in to not feeling anything at all. Adelaide's father offers her hand as payment for debt and is rescued by Matthew. Matthew rescues Adelaide in many ways: by being kind and patient, Understanding and wise, strong and protective. This is a slow burn, clean romance. Compelling characters and excellent plot. I loved the story! Recommended!!
Mathew and Adelaide, both dominated by their fathers, find themselves in a fake relationship to save Adelaide from marriage to a old man as a gambling debt. I really enjoyed this novel as the fearful Adelaide and equally insecure Mathew get the better of their fathers without destroying themselves and,with the help of their friends, find love. This is my personal and honest review.