An enjoyable, fast-paced, and engaging read from beginning to end.
Lady Miranda Hawthorne's mother has been lecturing her for as long as she can remember about what a lady does and does not do.
Impulsively she begins a pretend correspondence, where she pours out her heart, with her brother Griffith's friend from school Marsh, keeping the letters in a box beneath her bed. When one of those letters get accidentally sent by her brother's new valet, Ryland, she and the Duke of Marshington "Marsh" begin a very real correspondence.
But Miranda also finds herself intrigued by Ryland, who is unlike any servant she has ever met before, eve though she knows nothing can come of it.
Will Miranda finally find what she's been waiting for?
Miranda is a very likable heroine, admirable, and kind, she tries hard to not dim her sister's coming out, with jealousy, even though it's hard to see her sister get so much attention in her first season than she herself received in all four of her own.
Ryland is an honorable man, of faith and good character, who is not all he seems. He has served his country well these last few years, but wants to retire after this last mission.
This book has stellar dialogue between Ryland and Miranda, filled with many entertaining exchanges, and humor. There are also many interesting side characters that bring this book to life.
Overall, an exciting, engaging, and page turning read. Filled with action and humor, that kept me glued to the page. There is a wonderful multi-faceted plot, with characters that you can't help but cheer for the entire way through. A fantastic read, I'd definitely recommend it!
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