He thinks she's an annoying know-it-all...
Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, even if Hugh did grow to enjoy her company, it wouldn't matter. A reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now, unable to run, ride, or even waltz, he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.
She thinks he's just plain mad.
Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought three years earlier, the one that forced her cousin into exile, nearly destroying her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But when the pair is forced to spend a week in close company, they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless.
©2013 Julia Quinn (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I tend to get into grooves where everything I read is historical romance, mystery, light romantic comedy, thrillers, or whatever. I used to read (in print) 2 or 3 books at the same time, switching one to the other, depending on mood. But there are medications for that now, LOL.
I've been waiting for Hugh's story since I met him in the first of the first of the Smyth-Smith Quartet. I fell in love with his stoicism and genius, his darkness that calls for the light that will reveal to him his own worth. Lady Sarah is plain-spoken and forward. Her main goal is to marry in order to avoid yet another horrendous performance in the annual Smyth-Smith musicale. These two should not be attracted, yet... Oh, this was definitely worth the wait and goes on my re listen list.
The third in the Smith-Smythe Quartet series, the novel picks up the thread with the story of Hugh Prentice, the wounded party to the duel that sent Daniel into exile in book one. Though Daniel and Hugh were dueling adversaries, the growing friendship between the two is signaled at the end of book two. In this book the wounded Hugh is pulled into the Smith-Smythe circle despite Lady Sara Pleinsworth (Smith-Smythe cousin) and her outspoken animosity to him as the person who has caused her family so much grief. Hugh, however, turns out to be a noble wounded warrior, and the relationship that develops between him and Sara is touching in the extreme. As it happens, Lady Sara sprains her ankle badly, and one of the most endearing scenes is their lovely "walz" with each one leaning on the other to compensate for their "lameness." The author continues to portray this growing romance with compassion.
My one complaint, and it's not a small one, is when needless complexity and rather silly permutations of the central "problem" and its resolution go on forever. Judicious editing would make the farfetched scenario bearable and move the story along. It's enough to throw up one's hands, but I still recommend the book as the developing relationship between Hugh and Sara is worth the credit. Skim through the scenes with Hugh's father at the end, but don't miss how Sara manages to save the story from becoming unbelievable and silly by turning the problem upside-down.
"I love the Quartet"
To finally getting a story of Hugh of course! And Sarah. Quartet is even better than Bridgertons, at least I like them better
As always anything where lady D. is.
Yes and I did!
I can not believe there is only one left to come, I hope JQ will reconsider and write more on this family. Love Penelope's sisters, I am sure they could have some fun stories in them
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