I am not a typical Christian fiction reader. I am not a fan of the Historical romance, but being a voracious reader, and knowing I was heading away on a beach holiday – I was happy to receive this advanced reading copy compliments of Bethany House Publishing.
On its journey of a story, I was engaged with a young woman I greatly identified with. Miss Withersby is an independent young woman, who is not entirely thrilled with the expectations and limitations placed on her by Society. She is passionate about all things Ranunculus, and entirely happy and content to be her father’s assistant – drawing and writing his botany books.
Her father though, becomes convinced that all this must end, as it is time she find herself a husband. She sets off to do just that, but planning to find someone so unsuitable, her father will never agree. Under the tutelage of a friend, the two begin their scheme, but when it involved 2 very different men who share our ladies’ interest, things get interesting.
When life shows it has a different agenda, and even though she can’t see it, the very man her father hired to release her from her duties at home, becomes a familiar and somewhat comfortable, thorn in her side.
I found the botany references, and our heroine’s passion to detail very familiar and engaging. I was pleased that this book didn’t follow the typical formula for romance novels, having a twist at the end that I hadn’t anticipated. A refreshing find, and enjoyable way to spend a holiday afternoon.
This review is an independent opinion, with the book being provided through Graf-Martin Communications by Bethany House Publishing.