3 of 5 stars
Miss Aurora (Rory) Paxton has been banished to the countryside with her aunt for a moment of indiscretion during her debut season. It's been 8 long years before her step-mother asks for her help in retrieving some stolen love letters. Aurora agrees to help and secures a post in Lord Dashell's household as a companion for his mother. Lucas Vale, the cold-hearted, Marquess of Dashell is the top culprit of the theft and Rory is determined to find those letters.
I didn't find this book to be a fairytale retelling although there is a few mentions of Rory feeling "asleep" for the past 8 years of exile. The book is a quick read. While there were a few surprising moments, I didn't really connect with Lucas. He held his emotions so much in check, that it was hard to imagine that he'd loved Rory since her debut. Where was he during her exile? I did enjoy Rory's feisty personality and her modern beliefs that women should be treated equally especially in terms of education.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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