In 1829, having recently returned to London, the two Alton sisters are preparing for the Season. Beautiful, demure Evangeline is quite excited at the idea, but too tall and too outspoken Abigail views the prospect with horror. During a peaceful ride in the park, Gail finds herself knocked into a chilly lake when arrogant Maximillian Viscount Fontaine can’t control his horse. Tempers and passion quickly flare between the two, but when Max is later seen kissing Evangeline, Gail knows trouble is seriously afoot.
Since Max’s father has ordered him to find a wife in three months’ time or be disinherited, Evangeline suits as well as any woman, and the two are soon engaged. But Max finds himself constantly seeking out Gail and her witty, intelligent conversations, and Evie finds herself quaking at the thought of Max as a husband, and does everything she can to avoid his company.
Noble’s first novel is a delightful debut with a humorous storyline, fast-paced plot and satisfying conclusion. Both Gail and Evie find romance in unexpected places, and their escapades in reaching their hearts’ desires are quite amusing. This lighthearted late Regency romp is an enjoyable read.