Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.
Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.
A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.
As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?
Happiness is reading books by Josi Kilpack. She has refined her craft and become such a fabulous writer. This book felt more like a journey than a story. Her characters, flawed yet so endearing, settled right into my mind and my heart.
This story weaves several characters together- Cassie, Evan and Lenora. Each play a vital role in the story. Cassie has become impatient waiting for her older sister Lenora to make a match and decides to take matters into her own hands. What starts as a little charade turns into a mess of epic proportions. Cassie is left to pick up the pieces and set things back to right for not just her family but Evan and his family as well. I loved Cassie's desire to make things right. She owns up to her faults and tries desperately to make restitution. You can't help but admire that. I absolutely adored Evan. He is a genuinely good person and that is portrayed all through this book. Evan is a constant- and anchor of sorts for this book. Loved him.
There is a gentle flow to this book. It isn't fast paced or surprising but kept me engaged all the way through. I was really pulling for Cassie, hoping that she would find her own happy in the end. I wasn't disappointed. The ending was worth the struggle to get there.
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.