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Newton Hughes has long dreamed of pursuing a career in law, an acceptable choice for a gentleman of status and wealth. His parents, however, disapprove of his ambition, urging him instead to take his rightful place as a gentleman of leisure - with a suitable wife of their choosing, of course. 

Ellie Napper would like nothing more than for her parents to abandon their incessant efforts to marry her off to the greatest possible advantage. Her lack of matrimonial enthusiasm drives her family mad, but she refuses to feign frivolity in order to make herself more palatable to potential suitors. 

When Ellie and Newton are introduced through their mutual acquaintance, Charlie Jonquil, they commiserate over their shared plight. In desperation, they hatch a plan: Ellie and Newton will feign an interest in each other - enough to convince their parents not to push them toward unwanted matches but not enough to cause whispers or expectations. Their plot quickly spirals out of control, but the greatest complication is the one they didn’t see coming: their plan never included falling in love.

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Nice and clean

My daughter and I listened to this on a road trip and enjoyed it. The narrator is engaging however there's not much to the plot. Kind of like the popular Hallmark movies but written in a regency time period. It's squeaky clean which we appreciated.

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Not worth it

Normally I love Sarah Eden’s books, but this one was boring, in so many ways. No romance or “spark” whatsoever. The narrator is not suited at all for the story, it may have even made the story worse.

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A Fun Jonquil Spinoff

Ellie and Newton are individuals who are each dealing with overly controlling parents. Historically, during the Regency period, this would have been the case for a great many people of the upper class. Much of the story revolves around Ellie’s growing friendship with Artemis (who becomes somewhat of a champion for her), and Newton’s good friend, Charlie Jonquil. For purposes which are Mutually beneficial, Newton and Ellie begin a friendship which cannot quite be called a courtship. Ultimately, of course, this leads to romance and a HEA.

One of the really fun things about this book is a peek into the interactions between Charlie and Artemis and I really can’t wait to hear their story, which is soon to be released.

The narration on Audible was also well done.

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Cute novella

I adored this book! I purchased it on audible and listens to it within a few days time. It’s a short novella that follows Newton and Ellie’s usual courtship. If you are fans of the Jonquil Brothers (especially Charlie) then this books is a fun aside to his and Artemis’ story as they are the supporting characters in this book.

I wish I could tell you more about how I liked this book, but alas, it was so good I literally have one quote written down in my notes and that is it.

Basically, you just need to read it. Period. Take my word on it 😏😉