"She was the daughter of Florian Wingfield. She shouldn't have to resort to chasing."
Except that chasing was exactly what she was doing, and Flora Wingfield had brought her entire family along to witness her greatest expectation; Lord help her if turned out to be an epic disaster, for her reputation would surely be ruined. After all, Theodore Day had already squandered away plenty of time being best "friends", now she just needed him to take their relationship to the next level. My goodness, she had traveled all the way from New York to New Orleans with her plans to turn Teddy into "her darling Mr. Day" . . . by the end of the summer. There wasn't much time.
Flora's arrival was providential! Theodore Day was dreadfully weary of politely declining the hordes of women constantly chasing him around; batting their eyes, inviting him to parties, stealing away precious moments that he needed to be spending on winning the right to head up his father's riverboat business. What did it matter if he was one of the city's most eligible bachelors, he had been set aside twice already after giving his heart away . . . never again . . . at least for a long, long time. Thankfully he could spend hours with Flora, and her amazing interior designs, without any risk of romantic entanglements . . . couldn't he?
“A dream that is worth anything is worth waiting for to come true.” Flora Wingfield has had a dream to be an independent woman. It is attainable with the wealth her father is willing to bestow on her upon her marriage. But there is another dream she longs to fulfill: to make Theodore Day her groom.
Teddy is one of the bachelors who lost out in the contest to wed Willow Dupre, a close friend of Flora. He is not looking to receive yet another broken heart. He is putting all his efforts into the family business of building luxury river boats.
Eldest of five daughters, Flora has an ultimatum from her father: wed before the summer is done.
Jealousy, competition, danger and shenanigans ensue to make this a hilarious story of Gilded Age society in the hot summer of the South. Through it all Teddy is the perfect gentleman who gets more than he bargained for and learns where to put his priorities. The faith thread was underlying and brought out some worthy lessons.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in American Royalty series. The antics of Flora and her sisters were so much fun, as were the flock of damsels chasing after Teddy.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and an underlying faith thread.
New Orleans' most eligible bachelor insists he's not on the market . . . but he couldn't be more wrong.
Jilted in front of all New York, Theodore Day decides to lose himself in his family's luxury riverboat business in New Orleans and compete against his brother to become the next company head. The brother with the most sales by summer's end will win the position. Thanks to Theodore's fame as a suitor in a socialite's outlandish competition to find a husband, he has become very desirable royalty in Southern society and thus has an advantage.
It took Flora Wingfield's best work to convince her family to summer in New Orleans, but with Teddy Day a bachelor once again, she's leaving nothing to chance. Desperate to stand out from all the clamoring belles, Flora attempts a bold move that goes completely awry, only to find it's her interior design skills that finally catch his notice.
But when Flora's father's matchmaking schemes come in the way of her plans, Teddy will have to decide where his happiness truly lies and what he is willing to sacrifice for it.