Author: Sarah M. Eden
Series: Lancaster Family #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: April 30, 2018
Orphaned as a child, Arabella Hampton was the unwanted and unloved charge of a cruel aunt and neglectful uncle. The only light in her young life was the kindness of the Jonquil family, and she clung to the childish dream of someday living with them at Lampton Park. Now, years later, that opportunity is presented to Arabella in a most unexpected way: she is to be the lady’s companion to the dowager countess. As she takes up residence at the estate, the young woman soon finds that life at the Park is far more complicated than she imagined. The lines of her position are blurred, and she is neither family nor servant. So when the countess plans a grand house party, Arabella is content to hide in the shadows. But one gentleman sees her there.
Lieutenant Linus Lancaster has retired from the navy and is not looking for love, especially when he finds himself entangled in his sisters’ scheme to trap him into finding a wife at a house party at Lampton Park. Yet amid the festivities, he’s impossibly drawn to the dowager’s quiet companion, Arabella. Their regard for each other is undeniable, but they are haunted by their pasts. Can the two find a way to bridge their worlds?
This is one of my favorite Sarah M. Eden’s for sure! So cute! I loved every second of it! I couldn’t wipe a smile off of my face! If you can’t tell from all my exclamation points, I rather love this book!
This was my second read through on this book and I liked it so much more this time around. I love that this book is a mix of Lancasters and Jonquils. And I loved getting to know Charlie better. Can’t wait for his book to come out. I loved spending more time with Adam and Persephone. Their relationship cracks me up. More time with Mater and Caroline was a joy as well. And I enjoyed seeing more about Mater’s husband even if it is all in memories.
I think the biggest weakness in this book is the repetition of Arabella wanting to be part of the Jonquil family but not quite making it, as well as Linus feeling disconnected from his family. It came up quite a few times. It is the main conflict in the story but still felt overly repetitious to me. That being said, I still liked the story.
This book is an enjoyable read. I confess to choking up near the end as Arabella learned truths about her past. Very touching. And I look forward to the rest of the series.