Tuesday, April 4, 2023

The Unassuming Curator by Sian Ann Bessey


Emily Norton loves nothing more than losing herself within the pages of a good book. But the solitary pastime is poor preparation for participating in the dreaded London Season. Her trepidation over formally entering Society is all-encompassing, until she stumbles upon an enigmatic gentleman digging up flowers in a hedgerow. Before she can learn his name or the reason for his unusual activity, however, she is whisked into a carriage bound for London.

Henry Buckland has a secret: he cannot discern the difference between certain colors. It’s a particularly difficult disability for the curator of natural history at the British Museum, but no more challenging than his repeated attempts to outmaneuver the machinations of the town’s most notorious matchmaker. At his parents’ dinner party, he receives assistance in outwitting the persistent busy-body from a surprising source: the intriguing young lady he met on the country lane. As Emily and Henry become formally acquainted, they discover a shared love of science and nature that makes them ideally suited. However, Henry is not alone in his admiration for the young woman. As the competition to woo Emily escalates, so, too, do tensions at the museum. When an unexpected danger threatens Henry’s livelihood―and life―it appears he may not have the chance to win Emily’s heart after all.

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As per usual, author Sian Ann Bessey has crafted another heartwarming story in this Georgian Gentlemen series.  It was gentle in nature, flowing easily through the story of a museum curator and a lady who loves to learn and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty.  Literally.  In the dirt with worms.  Of course Henry loves this because that's his favorite thing to do as well!  It's a match made in heaven.  Both Henry and Emily are so easy to like.  From the very beginning I was enamored by them.  They are both smart, easy going and pleasant.  The whole story felt soft and gentle all the way through.

The end of the book brings a bit of a ruffle scuffle which was a nice change of pace from the rest of the book.  It was still relatively mild, but it got me reading a bit faster in anticipation. I enjoyed this book just as I have all the books in this series.  

The Unassuming Curator releases on April 11th.  The ebook, through Amazon, is currently on pre-order sale for just $1.99!  That's a great deal for a book by this author and publisher.

Content:  mild peril, kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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