If you haven’t discovered Mimi Matthews’ books, you’re missing out on some fantastic stories. I’m loving her Somerset Stories series, and Appointment in Bath is an excellent addition to it. This tale stars Ivo Beresford who is trying to get support for a railway stop in Somersetshire. When he stops to assist Meg Burton-Smythe who has injured herself, he realizes she is the daughter of his parents’ detested neighbor. He is attracted to Meg, who is shy and lonely and has a stammer and wants to befriend her, knowing his family will object strongly. I enjoyed seeing their relationship change and grow as they got to know each other.
With endearing and interesting characters and an engaging plot, this talented author has written another easy-to-read and entrancing story brimming with the atmosphere of the Victorian English countryside. I recommend this book, along with Mimi Matthews’ other books, if you enjoy clean and wholesome historical romance. She has quickly become one of my favorite historical fiction authors.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.4.5 stars
A chance meeting between the sheltered daughter and the forward-thinking son of rival Victorian families sparks a forbidden romance in USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews’s fourth book in her acclaimed Somerset Stories series.
Shy and stammering Meg Burton-Smythe has spent the whole of her life living on the fringes of local society. She’s more comfortable with her daydreams than she is with people. But when a dashing, golden-haired hero rides to her rescue one morning, she dares to hope that her dreams might finally come true. There’s only one problem: her handsome rescuer is the son of her father’s sworn enemy.
Ivo Beresford doesn’t believe in clinging to the past. Freshly returned from a lengthy grand tour, he’s looking to the future, eager to spearhead the building of a new railway extension in Somersetshire. But an unexpected encounter with Meg Burton-Smythe, the isolated only daughter of his parents’ oldest foe, sets the past and the future colliding.
Resolved to put ancient grudges to rest—at least where innocent young ladies are concerned—Ivo encourages lonely Meg to embark on a secret friendship. After all, what harm can a friendship do? It isn’t as though there’s any danger of the two of them falling in love…