Type: Historical Romance
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Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn’t yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a diary detailing the secrets to spinsterhood and a cottage in Cornwall. Unfortunately, an insufferable marquess is angling for her prize! Turning Lord Thomas Branston down flat should be easy. So why does this man who won’t take no for an answer make Lucy’s body and soul sigh yes?
Thomas knows the real value of Heathmore Cottage, and he has no intention of letting some silly Society miss get her hands on it. He’ll simply have to charm Lucy into selling. But the clever young woman he encounters, first in London, then en route to Cornwall, stands stubbornly on her own two (quite lovely) feet. And now, Thomas can think only of sweeping her off them.
I have read several books from this author and I have enjoyed each one. This is the second in the Seduction Diaries series and I loved reading about Lucy, another young Westmore sister, as she decides what course to take in life and love.
Lucy Westmore is at a cross road, she was happy to avoid a Season in London for the past few years because many people were getting over her older sister’s less than stellar choice for a husband, a doctor no less, but at 21 her parents are now insisting she participate. When she receives a package in the mail from a distant aunt and finds out she inherited a cottage, she is excited about her new adventure, one that will take her away from the stress of finding a husband. Her eccentric Aunt E leaves her several volumes of her diaries and a home in Lizard Bay, a small fishing village in Cornwell.
Thomas, Lord Branston, left London several years ago after his sister died and has never returned. He found his way to Lizard Bay and owes his salvation to Miss E and the quirky residents of the area. He is interested in the property Miss E left behind and wants to purchase it from the owner, little does he know that Lucy’s father does not have the authority to sell it and when she finds out she is angry.
Thomas comes to London to talk to Lucy and make another offer, yet she is not ready to make a decision until she visits the place and quietly steals away one night to find her cottage and maybe herself.
This is another fun and intriguing story from Ms. McQuiston. I like how she creates unique situations and characters that are not the norm for many historical romances. And although this is the second in the series it can easily be read as a standalone.
Lucy is interesting, she is very impulsive and prickly and I had a hard time warming up to her at first. She wants to be just like her aunt, even calling herself Miss L. However she has a hard time accepting Thomas and the residents of Lizard Bay for who they are, but as she reads Aunt E’s diaries she is soon immersing herself in the area and wants to help the orphan boys, the area cats, and the villagers and even get to know Thomas more.
I adore Thomas, he is patient, loves Lizard Bay and the residents who live here, and although he first came here to escape his pain he finds solace and acceptance with Miss E and the villagers. There is a bit of mystery that surrounds him and he does hide several facts about the reasons he wants the cottage but this made me want to read that much faster to find out the answers.
There is immediate attraction between Lucy and Thomas but many issues stand in the way of their relationship in the beginning. But the more time they spend together the more their attraction grows and their witty banter makes for engaging conversations. And although Aunt E has passed on, her legacy and presence is felt throughout the book as we read her diary along with Lucy and find her spirit is alive and well. When Aunt E moved to Lizard Bay, she helped transform it into what it is today and Lucy and Thomas will continue on with her voice. Other secondary characters play important roles; I enjoyed reading about many of the people of the village and even Lucy’s family, I hope her sister is featured in the next book.
The pace is done well, and other than a slow beginning I could not wait to finish the book to find out the answers to the mysteries. I like how the ending had several twists and turns and look forward to more from this author.
I give The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston 4 stars!