What a delightful treat it was to return to England in the late 1700s and immerse myself in another story about The Gents. Author Sarah M. Eden has once again caught my interest in this enthralling series, showing once more why she is one of my favorite go-to storytellers when I want to be swept away in a delicious historical romance. She is a master at creating engaging, and colorful characters and plopping them down in richly painted settings and intriguing situations.
Kester Barrington, also known as Grumpy Uncle within The Gents group, is the star of this tale, and I enjoyed getting to know him better. He likes peace and quiet and time to work on inventions and is definitely an introvert, yet he willingly gets together with his Gents in their annual gathering as long as he can isolate himself when needed. His new neighbor Violet Ridley is sunny, spunky, and sociable and delighted to meet the Gents and get to know them. It was such fun to see Kester and Violet interact with each other.
“If she spent all her time focusing on what could never be, she would never learn to find joy in what was.”
“A burden one is required to carry alone is a burden that will crush a person’s soul.”
Beautifully written and highly entertaining, this book is one for the keeper shelf. I’m anxiously awaiting more stories about The Gents. It’s such fun to see the characters reappear in each book and find out what they’ve been up to. I would recommend this to those who enjoy clean and wholesome historical fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications. All opinions are my own.
Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tight-knit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting—until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.
Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly facade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.