This is a tale of two people who are underestimated - one for being a woman and the other being a wounded soldier. It was so inspiring to see these two overcome what life threw at them and take control of their lives. Mimi Matthews is such a talented writer, and this book is no exception. Expect a sweet romance that grabs you by the heart and makes you believe in true love again.
Phyllida Satterthwaite is a poor relation - beautiful in body, strong in spirit, but under the thumb of an ambitious uncle who would marry her off to the highest bidder. Simply wanting to be left to find love and care for her rescued dogs, she is alarmed when she finds out that she won't be given a choice at all, and she turns to the one man who has shown her kindness. Captain Arthur Heywood was wounded in the war, left with a leg injury that makes it difficult to walk, and he has secluded himself in the countryside. On a quick visit to London, he meets Philly and is quickly enchanted. Quiet and unassuming, Philly seems too kind hearted for the cruelty of society peers, and when he hears of her predicament, he offers a marriage of convenience. Of course, convenience has little to do with it, and it's not long before their hearts begin to sing as one.
I love a romance where the characters grow before your eyes! Such was the case with this book. Philly began as a quiet girl, inwardly rebelling at her family's orders but outwardly keeping the peace. She has so much compassion for people, even those who don't deserve it. This was a bit frustrating at times, as she came across as too trusting and naive, but I really liked that about her character. It's refreshing to read about someone who sees the best in people, as we are far too cynical most days. Arthur was unassuming, happy to fade into the background, but Philly refused to let him. She believed in him and his ability to overcome his past. It was an inspiring love story, to say the least.
As usual, I happily anticipate her next book! I love her style of romance and can't wait to read what's next.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**