Her Timing Couldn’t Be Worse…
Miss Eugenia Talbot’s presentation to the queen is spoiled by a serious faux pas—the despicable William Grant made her laugh, right in front of Her Majesty. Now Eugenia is ruined and had better marry—someone, anyone—at once…
And His Couldn’t Be Better…
Roguish William Grant has never taken anything seriously in his life. Until he meets Eugenia Talbot, who makes him feel and do thing he never thought he would.
Now Eugenia’s great sense of humor and kindheartedness may be her undoing, unless William can help her find a husband. To his surprise, that’s the last thing he wants to do…
Laughing at someone letting one off while you are being presented at the Royal Court is a sure-fire way to sully one’s reputation. Or so Genie Talbot thought. Set off by a gentleman who also laughs, she is bundled home, expecting to be shipped off to the furthest reaches of the empire. That gentleman who assisted in her potentially ruinous behaviour just happens to be Mr Grant, the friend of her cousin’s betrothed, and a well-known rake of the highest order.
Genie’s aunt is desperate to have her wedded off to save their name. Not Genie’s, mind you, but her own and that of her daughter, Louisa. Genie has a real matter-of-fact and humorous acceptance of her situation. Her description puts it beautifully:
“I believe I am now considered a social leper. I only say so to warn you against forming an unwise acquaintance.”
Grant stifled a laugh. No woman had ever warned him against her. “Surely it cannot be as bad as all that.”
“Oh, but it is. At least, according to my aunt, nothing could be worse. I am considering getting a bell to ring and shouting ‘unclean, unclean’ whenever I enter a room so as not to catch unsuspecting persons in my web of social ruin.”
Genie is such a lovely sweet-natured character, and could quite easily have come off as too kind and trusting. Her desire to think the best of everyone does nearly prove fatal for her. I did love how she managed to see through Grant’s smooth exterior. Grant has a real fun and cheeky countenance. His love of being well-dressed makes me think of ZZ-Top’s “Sharp-Dressed Man”. He gives off the whole “hey there ladies!” vibe, however underneath the surface, I felt that the heart of a very sweet, romantic guy beat quite strongly. I also really enjoyed watching Genie and Grant grow as people as well.
Together the two are a lovely pairing. Their attraction to each other builds slowly, which is nice to read. The more they try to push Louisa and Marchford together, the more they find themselves wanting each other. Once the chemistry bubbles over the edge of the pot so to speak, wow! The scene at Almack’s, where Grant confesses his feelings – oh my!
The secondary characters in A Wedding in Springtime are exceptionally strong. Louisa and Marchford are possibly the least enthusiastic betrothed pairing. Louisa has her mystery man – someone who’ll give the oft-odourous Lady Bremerton a touch of the vapours. I loved the interaction between Marchford and Pen, his grandmother’s companion. The chemistry between these two positively sizzles – and I, for one, hope to read their story soon.
The intrigue and suspense in this story was well done and I was constantly rethinking who the villain might be.
I haven’t read Amanda Forester before, but I can tell you when the next in this fantastic Regency series is released, I will be right there purchasing it.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
Release Date: 7 May 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in return for an honest review.