Unlike most romance, it's the male characters that dominate this engrossing book by Lisa Kleypas. It is just as witty and humane as the ‘Devil in Spring’, my favourite book in the Ravenel series
It's the story of West, a man haunted by his past as a debauched rake. When smitten by widow Phoebe (the daughter of ‘Devil’ Sebastian St Vincent) West realises he has no future with this lovely wholesome woman. While he has been clean-living for two years, West spent most of his adult life throwing up in flower pots and seducing other men's wives.
West is a great character. The author takes you right inside his witty and guilty way of thinking. But as well as West there are two funny adorable little boys, the sons of Phoebe, who add a layer of warmth to the book. Finally there is Sebastian, the devil himself, who steps in from time to time to nudge his daughter’s life onto a positive path.
I like everything about this book. It's not a cookie-cutter romance. I love the historical details, such as farming techniques and recipes. There is an intriguing mystery alongside some lovely family moments. All the elements work together to create very enjoyable reading.
I loved this book as it was a heartfelt romance that was realistic and they didn’t just fall within 5 minutes of meeting etc. I liked both characters though she was not as hardy as I would have liked but woman back then were bought up to be duful like that, the ex mother in-law a perfect example. In a way it worked for her so I actually enjoyed it. I have to say it’s her best book and worth a read.