4 of 5 stars
This is the first book I've read by Ms. Matthews and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The beautiful cover first drew my eye and as I dove into the story, Sophie and Ned came alive. She, the dutiful daughter, willing to marry someone with money to help save the family and Ned Sharpe, the wealthy tradesman, trying to break into polite society. Both Sophie and Ned had an innocence about them as they progressed through the trials and tribulations of courtship and it was so endearing. He was so serious and reserved and she was the chatterbox trying to fill the silence. What neither of them realized is that if they just relaxed a bit and showed their true colors, things would have gone much smoother for them. I did not particularly like Sophie's sister Emily. She was much too spoiled and cared only for herself. I suppose there were many young debutantes that grew up that way, but Emily's views on tradesmen was over the top.
I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Matthews. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review and was not obligated to leave a review.