I have read two of the stories that occur later on in this series, so it was a joy to go back to the beginning and read about Thomas and Christine’s romance. They appeared in the two other stories that I had read, as a happily married couple, yet I knew that they had trials to overcome before they found their way to each other.
The first part of this book was a slow build, with Christine determined to please her father by making an excellent match in her upcoming London Season. Thomas and Christine secretly meeting together in order for him to provide guidance to her in the art of successfully entering society ended up creating a friendship that slowly grew to be more.
However, Christine’s demanding and absolutely horrid father was a seemingly insurmountable barrier to any possibility of a happy match between these two. I loved the way things came together in the last few chapters of the book. I could feel the emotions that Thomas and Christine were experiencing and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, yet I also realized that I own an ebook copy of this title, as well, and was happy to be able to update it with the second edition changes.
ABOUT THE BOOK
After years of escaping etiquette lessons in favor of the stables, Christine Devon’s grand debut in London is only weeks away, though her deportment lacks the sophisticated polish she needs to achieve her goals of a lofty marriage. Desperate to take her place in society, she needs someone to instruct her in proper behavior.
Thomas Gilbert, newly returned from Italy, is ready to begin his dream of founding a horse farm. But during his time away, the estate’s finances have dwindled to almost nothing. Unless he can find a way to save his family from ruin, he will be forced to sell his horses and give up his dreams entirely.
A chance meeting between them may solve both their problems. Christine gains a tutor in the finer arts of polite behavior, while Thomas is given access to the finest bloodlines in England. But as time passes, the arrangement is less about business, and more about love. Will they see it in time, or will Christine leave Thomas behind for the splendor of London’s ballrooms?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sally Britton lives in Oklahoma, but loves to go off exploring with her husband and four children. She started writing her first story on her mother’s electric typewriter, when she was fourteen years old. She knew romance was the way for her to go fairly early on. Reading her way through Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, and Lucy Maud Montgomery, Sally also determined she wanted to write about the elegant, complex world of centuries past.
Sally graduated from in 2007 with a bachelor’s in English, her emphasis on British literature. She met and married her husband not long after and they’ve been building their happily ever after since that day.
Vincent Van Gogh is attributed with the quote, “What is done in love is done well.” Sally has taken that as her motto, for herself and her characters, writing stories where love is a choice each person must make, and then go forward with hope to obtain a life of happiness and joy.