Miss Wilton’s Waltz
This Regency sequel shifts attention to Lenora, the sister whose engagement was broken off in The Vicar’s Daughter. Embarrassed and humiliated by this experience, she goes to live with her aunt in Bath and becomes a music teacher in a girls’ school. Since she is painfully shy, vulnerable to panic attacks, this is not an easy transition, but she has been slowly gaining in self-confidence. And then, at the start of a new school year, she meets a troublesome new pupil and her unexpectedly attractive uncle, Aiden.
As in the earlier novel, the heroine experiences prolonged distress before she finds happiness, but this is unsurprising given her psychological state and the author avoids the overt didacticism of its predecessor. Patience, forgiveness, and a willingness to trust eventually carry the day in this inspirational romance, and there are interesting insights into the strategies adopted by those struggling to cope with severe insecurities and a troubled childhood. Recommended.