The Vicar’s Daughter: A Proper Romance

Written by Josi S. Kilpack
Review by Ray Thompson

Cassie Wilton is eager to come out socially, but her vicar father has decreed only one daughter can be out at a time, and her older sister Lenora is so painfully shy she may never wed. So Cassie decides to speed things up by writing letters in her sister’s name to Evan Glenside, a likely prospect.

This could have turned into a light-hearted Regency romp of mistaken identities, but this is an inspirational romance, and the tone is decidedly puritanical. Offended at the deceit which would have wed him to the wrong sister, Evan withdraws his proposal; mortified, Lenora blames Cassie, and their angry parents mete out severe punishment to her. Worst of all, Cassie has herself fallen in love with Evan, but is now forbidden ever to have contact with him.

The focus is upon the pain caused to all parties by thoughtless, and partially selfish, action. As the Bible proclaims, however, a broken and contrite heart is the beginning of wisdom, and forgiveness is ultimately earned through patient submission to higher authority. A didactic variation on the story of Jacob and his two wives?