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Just loved reading this delightful story, and enjoyed every minute of it. For some reason I was unable to access the extended epilogue, so was feeling frustrated at not being able to complete the story. Alice Kirk's to the rescue, and I was not disappointed.
Two people disliking eachother share an unintended kiss and as they were watched, they must marry to avoid scandal. She was mistaken for her prettier sister and the sister is used to get her way so as they get to know eachother and really fall for eachother dispite themselves, the sister wants to get her way. Our heroine feels guilty for stealing her sister's beau, not knowing the true heart of this not so nice woman. Our hero goes above and beyond to prove himself worthy. The plot is strong and you will love how the characters develop. The end is sweet and all falls in place. Well-written strong lovestory, good read, must have!
This book was very slow paced and a tough slog to work through. None of the characters were particularly likable. The hero and heroine don’t really have any interaction for the first third of the book! Then they are nasty and snarl at each other. There was no humor, no light-heartedness and no joy or happiness in this story. It’s all about the ugliness of how people treated the heroine. It was really hard to read. The hero did come around but not until the end. This book is also full of American idioms that have only been in effect for the past few decades. Words and phrases like “wardrobe malfunction”, stressed, gobsmacked, badmouth, and “high maintenance” were not used in 1800-1820. Nor was a kimono invented before 1869.
This didn’t read like a regency romance. There are no detailed descriptions of clothing, events, furnishings or history that would set this in the early 1800s. On top of that, the story was so harshly written it was hard to like any of the main characters. The evil little sister, Elizabeth, was so selfish & vain but in 24 hours before the wedding she suddenly turns repentant. It wasn’t credible. The main character, Sophia was so smart and such an observer of people but she failed to see the nastiness and lies of her sister. That also wasn’t plausible.
I tried this book because there were some great reviews, but it was wholly unsatisfying to me. I will not read other books by this author.
Cute story. Too people who dislike each other are forced into a betrothal because he mistook her for her prettier sister. She wants nothing to do with him since her sister is already attracted to him. She does not want to come between them and she never had a good opinion of him to start with. He did not think she was pretty enough though she had some similarities to her sister. However, when they are forced to meet and converse in public they realize that there are some things that they both like. He also realizes that while she may not be as beautiful as her sister, she has her own unique beauty and is definitely more intelligent and well read. She is also surprised to see that she can like him when he is trying to be nice to her. Both families are thrilled with this betrothal except for her spoiled sister who had always gotten everything she wanted. Eventually Richard convinces Sophia that he wants to marry her and not her shallow sister Elizabeth. While they were forced into a betrothal to protect her reputation, once they got to know each other it was inevitable that they would fall in love.
Sophia had grown a tough outer emotional armor to withstand the cruel cutting remarks of both her family and the ton. Sophia is a unique character with radiant inner beauty, intelligence and wit. However, few of the upperclass elite ever bothered to become more than superficially acquainted with her. Then, Richard mistook Sophia for her younger sister and shared an unforgettable kiss that totally changed their futures. I enjoyed the witty dialogue, and the more realistic heroine. I also enjoyed the way Richard rose to the challenge.
Great story. I enjoyed this captivating, sweet historical romance book. Due to a ‘scandal’ two unlikely individuals are thrust into marrying. Well developed characters, with a strong love story. I liked the H and h and enjoyed watching their relationship develop beyond their expectations. I thought the heroine’s sister manipulative and sinister. She clearly was in her own bubble of reality since the hero never shared any commitment towards her. And it was unfortunate that the heroine was so naive to her sister’s antics.
The suggestions I have are….first, it needs better editing. Several times a page, words ran together when they needed spaces. And second, the extended epilogue does not match this book. Which is incredibly disappointing. I notice this happens a lot with Cobalt Fairy authors. Missing the extended epilogue makes you feel cheated for not having the entire book. Might be helpful if this epilogue was in the book. Having to click a site, then enter your email is a guessing game what epilogue you will actually see. I received an ARC, but am voluntarily offering my opinion.
I enjoyed the book but the change in Elizabeth was very uncharacteristic. The life of Sophia was agonising and I could not help but long for her pain to be over. It was wonderful to witness her coming out of the walled surrounding in which she was hidden. Dear, dear girl, who deserved to find love and acceptance! The reader can imagine how she would blossom once she realised that she had value.
Have you ever felt invisible? Ever felt out of place, unloved or misjudged? This book is a great read if any of those apply. This is a story about a girl, minding her own business, when the unexpected happens. As in real life, someone was there to notice it and gossip about it until everyone believed a lie. The way book reads is such a gift because someone SAW the heroine just as she was. A great read!