Captain Robert Wilkins has never aspired to grandeur. So when the returned war hero unexpectedly inherits the vast estate of Cattersley from his great-aunt, he feels woefully inadequate in his new role. Out of place in his lavish surroundings, his first glimmer of hope comes when he happens upon a lovely trespasser in his gardens.
Words have never come easily for Abigail Rutherford, and she prefers the solitude of exploring the gardens at the neighboring country estate to engaging in uncomfortable conversation. But when she unexpectedly encounters Captain Robert Wilkins in her place of solace, she is surprised at the immediate ease she feels in his presence. Soon her brightest moments are those spent with the captain. But even as their friendship grows into something more, outside forces have other plans for the two. Mr. Mead, the handsome vicar, has also taken a liking to the quiet and timid Abigail—and he will stop at nothing to ensure she becomes his wife.
I've been looking forward to this book since I heard it was coming out. It seems like everyone read this book (and loved it!) before me. Finally it's my turn.
This story is told in the first person with the alternating voices of Robert and Abigail. I really loved getting both points of view and feeling the intimacy of their thoughts. Robert and Abigail are both kind people. Robert is very aware of everything going on around him. He is invested in learning his new role and doing a good job. He really pays attention to Abigail and notices the small things but he never pushes her or forces her to divulge things she is uncomfortable with. Abigail is a character worth rooting for and honestly I couldn't help myself. She's the underdog, unfairly repressed and insulted for most of her life. I wanted all good things for her and even felt outrage on her behalf when people were mean.
I could easily picture the people and places in this story. It all flowed gently and easily. All things led to a very sigh worthy ending and I really enjoyed it!
Content: kissing, a couple instances of untoward advances
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions express are my own.