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Today I’m giving away my ARC of Just One Season in London. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I hope someone else will enjoy it as much as I did. To enter to win my copy, just fill out the form below!
Just One Season in London by Leigh Michaels
Release: July 2011
Source: I was given an ARC from Sourcebooks to read and review
Meet the Ryecrofts…the family that courts together.
RYE — Viscount Ryecroft is a young man with a problem. Make that two problems: He has a beautiful sister to marry off — but no money to fund a London Season for her. Perhaps he needs to find an heiress for himself first?
SOPHIE – Miss Sophie Ryecroft is willing to marry for the good of the family — but since she can’t meet the sort of man Rye has in mind for her except in London, she’s looking for alternatives.
MIRANDA — Rye and Sophie’s mother, the dowager (but still young) Lady Ryecroft, will do anything for the sake of her children — even taking up again with a man she knew long ago, and offering to be his mistress.
Only in London can the Ryecrofts find their destinies…
Just One Season in London by Leigh Michaels is a wonderfully unique romance. As the blurb says, this is a three romance for the price of one story! Before we talk about the story – just look at that cover! As you all know, I’m a sucker for a great cover and this one is outstanding! Doesn’t it just make you want to find out who the characters are on the cover?? The Ryecrofts are a comfortably poor family from the aristocracy in Regency England. Rye, or Viscount Ryecroft, is the head of the family, having taken over the title at a young age upon the death of his father. Now that he has hit his majority and has taken over the estate he is now looking at ways to support his family. He wants to give his sister the advantage of a season in London so that she can find a man worthy of her. In order to do that, he needs to in essence become a “fortune hunter.” Rye’s mother, Miranda, is also trying to figure out a way to give her daughter a season in London. Her method involves offering herself up as mistress to an old love. Marcus Winston has always loved Miranda. He left for America when she married the man her father wanted her to marry. She is now a widow, and he is back from America and it’s just a matter of time until their chemistry burst into flames! Sophia, the beautiful daughter of Miranda – the one they are trying to get a season in London for, is also trying to save the family in her own way. She figures that she can find her way to London she can earn money on the stage.
This book has the reader laughing right from the start. The shenanigans of Sophia are hysterical. So typical of a young woman trying in her naive way to help her family. Rye meets Lady Stone, and older woman who helps with accommodations in London. Rye rents out the family home and manages to get his family to London as well as pay for a few dresses for his mother and sister. He then tries to figure out which heiress he can stand to deal with for the rest of his life. Of course, the descriptions of the various heiress are not particularly flattering! Miranda’s escapades are equally entertaining! Her encounters with Marcus are at times hysterical and at other times heart wrenching.
I found the characters in this book to be outstanding! The author manages to make the reader feel completely filled in on the background of this family right from the start. The reader becomes totally invested in the success of this family. This story at times feels like it meanders through the action, and at other times rushes the reader along with the tide. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romances!
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