She promised she would bring the baronet to his knees, never dreaming she would lose her heart in the process.
Millicent Wedgwood will never obtain her rightful place in Society, which means she will never have an advantageous reputation, marriage, or future. All because Millie’s sister eloped years before. But there is a chance to rise above that disgrace. If she can win the trust of the baronet who insulted Lady Olivia, and then betray him, she will earn back her position in Society with Lady Olivia’s sponsorship.
Sir Isaac Fox returned from war with one less arm and a weight upon his soul. Where once he easily charmed Society, he now prefers to remain quietly alone at home. With a small estate to manage, Isaac is determined to be more responsible for those in his care and less foolhardy, which leaves no time for romance. Certainly no time for the infuriatingly enchanting Miss Wedgwood.
When Millie realizes her game has put her own heart in jeopardy, she risks losing everything she has so desperately sought to replace in her life. And though Isaac refuses Millie’s advances, he cannot deny her charm. But falling for Miss Wedgwood would mean reentering society and losing the peace he has found since the war. Can they find a way to heal their hearts together? Or will Millie’s deception ruin them both?
This is the fourth book in the Inglewood series and can be read as a stand alone, Sweet Regency Romance.
Why This Book:
I have read and enjoyed several of Sally Britton’s novels, but am still reading my way through her published titles. This was next on the list. 🙂
It’s May 1815 and in the first paragraph we learn that Millicent’s mother has demanded that she stop obeying the rules of London’s society. Color me intrigued.
Millicent Wedgewood is a young woman whose life, while far from tragic, has certainly taken a serious downward turn through no fault of her own. Circumstances beyond her control lead to her being pressured to make decisions she would not otherwise make. These decisions leave her in a rather precarious position when she first meets Sir Isaac Fox and any hopes for a relationship are immediately in doubt, though the attraction is nearly immediate.
Sir Isaac Fox still grapples with the repurcussions of fighting a war. Having lost his arm, he also battles the mental health issues that come with having been in battle. These struggles along with a tenuous financial situation convince him that he cannot be found desirable by any woman.
Emotional Engagement & Pacing of the Story:
The pacing of this story was just right for a regency romance. There is the delightful tug of wondering how these two likable characters will ever surmount the tremendous obstacles set before them.
Elements I Especially Liked/Disliked:
I appreciated the variety of settings employed by the author from an urban dwelling, to a grand country manor, a secret garden, a country lane, and even a vicorage. All were well described so that I felt I’d been there.
I’m not sure I would classify this as a Christian fiction novel, but more as a clean read. The characters do grapple with issues of honesty and life’s purpose, but faith, God, and prayer are barely mentioned. However, I do not believe there to be anything in this story which would offend the average Christian reader.
There are some delightful surprises contained within the ending of this novel which I very much enjoyed and the epilogue was everything I hoped it would be.
This is a delightful, if somewhat predictable story with endearing characters and a happy ending. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a feel-good, clean regency romance.
4 out of 5 stars
Have you read anything by Sally Britton previously? Do you read clean/sweet romance or do you only read books considered Christian ficton? What do you think a book needs to include to qualify as Christian fiction?
Let me know in the comments below!
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I have read the first two books in this series: Rescuing Lord Inglewood and Discovering Grace. I do love Sally’s writing style and stories. Yes, I too would classify these as clean, proper romance. I will balance my reading by swapping this kind of historical romance and a “deeper” or heavier novel with Christian worldview anc perspective. I just about know which authors that will be.
A novel that I would consider Christian Fiction would be one with a strong spiritual arc that has something like a redemption story. I like for the characters and situations to be realistic with contemplative POV and even scripture that applies. So, I like both ❤️