The Vicar’s Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

April 5, 2017 | 3 Comments
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The Vicar’s Daughter by Josi S. KilpackThe Vicar's Daughter
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Series: A Proper Romance
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Pages: 336
Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There’s only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle’s heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted.

A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister but her good intentions may lead to disaster.

As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar’s daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?

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About Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. She is best known for her popular Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. She also writes Romance and Women’s Fiction and is one of the authors of the Newport Ladies Book Club Series.

3 responses to “The Vicar’s Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack

  1. I loved the Regency countryside setting, with the vicar’s family at the center of the story along with the newcomer heir to one of the largest estates in the neighborhood. There is a strong focus on the complex dynamics of family relationships which I enjoyed. I loved seeing the generosity Evan’s uncle has for him, especially since in most stories the distant heir is reviled or seen as undeserving. Evan’s genuine compassion for his uncle’s sorrow creates a balance in their relationship where they are each benefiting from the other’s support. In fact, that is what I liked most about Evan, his genuine nature, and that is what I think he found attractive in Cassie. Her manipulation of Evan and Lenora is not well thought out, and the deeper she gets, the more complicated the situation becomes. I initially found it hard to have sympathy for her, but the author is skilled at writing flawed characters and then bringing about a deep redemption, so when Cassie was enduring her period of penitence and self-reflection I felt for her anguish and admired her determination to make things right with those suffering from the consequences of her impulsive decisions. The cast of characters was so vivid and really came to life in my head as I read the book. I absolutely loved the resolution and it made up for some of the more depressing parts when I got my happy ending. 😉

  2. Julie

    I love the how the main characters of Kilpack’s Regency romances grow, learn, transform, and painfully so. As a reader, I couldn’t see a way through the trouble, but Kilpack somehow gets there without it seeming contrived or forced. Her characters are lovingly and believably flawed yet endearing. A lovely book.

  3. Maria

    ** spoiler alert ** I felt sorry for Cassie being 20 years old and not allowed in society. While there might have been better ways to help her sister overcome her anxiety at least she was trying to do something. Sadly it didn’t turn out so well for any of them though. I was glad that Cassie could see her way to help the innocent bystanders that suffered because of her even though it was uncomfortable to her. I was glad that Lenora acknowledged in the end how her family protecting her had been a part of her shyness and that she was able to see that she could be strong despite her anxieties. I hope she does get her own book so see how her teaching career goes and if there might be love in her future after all.

    Clean, sweet romance. Heavy religious themes of repentance and forgiveness, justice and mercy.

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