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Publisher Description

Anne Townsend doesn’t ask for much. Plain and poor, she’d settle for the funds to put food on the table. Making a wish on the fabled Fairy Steps is hardly a solid solution, but to see her two sisters taken care of, Anne’s willing to try anything. Yet when she finds herself suddenly surrounded with suitors, romance is now a possibility for the spinster everyone always ignored—except with the one man who will never want her…     
Nathaniel Matthews has no time for courting. As the eldest, he has his family’s lost fortune to rebuild, and his reckless brother to manage before he gambles his future away. Odd that Nathaniel can think of little but kissing bright-eyed Anne, who seems to be fighting off admirers from all sides. Is it the country air, or is Nathaniel ready to discover that love has a magic all its own?

October 27
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

TextinMom ,

Absolute Delight!

A delightful tale full of sentiment and humor. Just a smidgeon of intrigue to spice things up with a hint of magic to round things out and Richards brings us a historical romance perfect for a blustery fall day anda warm cup of tea. With two main characters equally stubborn, we see how love can change how a person sees another; we also see how a deep rooted insecurity ccan lead to a fear that will blind even the most courageous. We meet a hero who only comes to understand that vulnerability through repeated rejections and a heroine who only faces her deepest fear when the shield she's hidden behind is taken away. A supportive cast filled with strong characters both lovable and horrible makes this a story that grabs you and never lets go.

I don't normally read other reviews before posting but one stuck out at me and I did read what the person had to say about Anne clinging to her fairy wish. I don't believe the reader was able to get past that and see the depth in the story. Her clinging to her fairy wish was merely her way of hiding behind it instead of facing her true fear...which stemmed from a low self-esteem and a deep-rooted fear of abandonment brought on by the events in her upbringing. The depth of the characters and their development and the realism of their fears is actually one of the things I liked most about this story.

Bi dina ,

Loved it!

So original, and engaging. You have done a great job with this book.

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