My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: A false engagement. A mysterious coast. Two reluctant hearts.
Much to her father’s dismay, Miss Amelia Buxton aspires to become a spinster, just like her eccentric aunt. Growing up with parents who married for every reason but love, she has never seen a joyful marriage. When Amelia requests a summer trip to the legendary waters of Brighton, her father allows her the excursion, but with one requirement: she must return engaged, or agree to the proposal of the man of his choosing.
Crawling with tourists, Brighton is not the town Adam Claridge had once loved. When his sister Eleanor disappears without warning, Adam is desperate to bring her home. In his search, he happens upon Miss Amelia Buxton, a young tourist that proves vital in his search for Eleanor. But Amelia is conducting a search of her
own—a search for a husband—and Adam has little choice but to offer a fair trade: he will play the role of Amelia’s betrothed in exchange for her assistance in finding Eleanor.
Convenient at first, Amelia and Adam’s arrangement quickly plummets into disarray. Falling in love had not been part of their bargain.
My thoughts: The book begins as Amelia makes a bargain with her father to become engaged while in Brighton, or to come home and marry the man he has chosen for her. Amelia has no desire to marry, but makes the bargain so her Aunt Margaret could be dipped into the waters and receive a cure for her bad leg.
From page one this book captured my interest. Amelia is smart and capable. She also loves her Aunt deeply. She shows resilience, conscience, and resourcefulness as she embarks on a quest to help Adam, a man she met on the beach, who will help her by entering into a false engagement to appease her father's demands. She in turn will help him find his missing sister.
There are many moments that are quite funny. Amelia and Adam have great conversations. I loved the banter between the two of them. When you add an eccentric Aunt, it gets better. The characters came to life for me and I loved reading what happens next to them.
I am excited that this will be a series and that I can get to know characters that appeared in this story when they have their own book. I can't wait to read them.
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Look for the rest of the Brides of Brighton series!
A Convenient Engagement (October 2018)
Marrying Miss Milton (November 2018)
Romancing Lord Ramsbury (December 2018)
An Unexpected Bride (January 2019)