Felicity Mayson’s marriage prospects are grim. Though from a well-respected family, she is one of thirteen children, and as such cannot expect much as a marriage settlement. When her relative Lady Blackstone invites her and her Aunt Agnes to come and stay with her, Felicity and Agnes gladly accept. But when they arrive there are very few women, and Lady Blackstone seems intent on making match between Felicity and Mr. Ratley.
But when someone is murdered on the premises, Felicity begins to wonder if there is more to this social gathering then at first appeared. And can she trust Phillip Merrick the man who seems intent on thwarting Lady Blackstone and Mr. Ratley’s plans?
If you have read the companion books to this one, you will instantly recognize Felicity, faithful and kind-hearted, friend to Julia and Leorah. Though the third in a series, this book stands well on its own, full of intrigue, conspiracy, romance, and revolution.
Felicity is kind and thoughtful, which can be mistaken by others for malleability, but she is stronger than others see. She stands strong for her convictions and faith, refuses to be complacent, and fights for what is right. I like her quick thinking, and daring, she takes her faith and living it out very seriously.
I think that Aunt Agnes surprised me the most, under her bookish exterior is an excellent actress and daring heroine.
Phillip comes to Lady Blackstone’s party with a mission on his mind, he wants to do everything he can to keep the innocent safe while bringing the conspirator’s to justice. He is honorable, daring, and respectful, ever the gentleman in a world of intrigue and questionable standards.
Overall, a fun regency era read, rife with conspiracy. Felicity faces her biggest challenge and must use her wits to survive Lady Blackstone’s party. I’ll admit that it wasn’t my favorite of the series, but I did find Felicity to be one of the more relatable heroines of the series due to how she didn’t have a big dowry, and how difficult it was for her to make a match despite being part of society. Great conclusion to a fun series. Perfect for teen girls, especially because of how it deals wisely with relationships, courage, and doing the right thing.