Observations of a Wallflower
Journal Entry of December 5, 1816
Society can be odd and those within the ton do not always behave as expected.
For example, Lady Violet Claxton spent more time in the gardens admiring flowers, plants, and bushes than she did inside any ballroom, and I left London wondering why she preferred roses over bachelors. Though perhaps it's because she's grows bored with tedious conversation, as her intelligence is beyond most, she's pragmatic, and lacks patience when time is wasted. Therefore, a London Season must be trying indeed for someone such as she.
Then there was Lord Emory Talbot, Viscount Ferrard, who behaved exactly as one would expect of a rake. Though he is expected to marry and produce an heir and a spare, Ferrard showed no interest in any lady or miss for longer than an evening. Further, I have it on good authority that he fears any form of commitment, which may explain why he's not even kept a mistress or settled on a wife. However, rumors have recently reached me that he may no longer have the option of waiting. The details have not been shared, but I'm certain they are drastic as I'm to understand that he is to attend a house party where Lady Violet is in residence. And, I have also learned from the most trusted authority that Ferrard never attends house parties.
I cannot begin to imagine how the two might get on when they do finally meet. Will he show interest for no more than a night or will she spend all her time in the gardens avoiding all guests? Regardless of any interaction the two may share, I'm certain nothing will come from their association as I can't think of two less likely candidates to enter into a courtship.
Jane Charles has quickly become a favorite of mine. Her books are always filled with fun, humor and romance. Courtship of Convenience is one of those books, fun, romantic and oh so sweet!
Lord Emory Talbot, Viscount Ferrar is a rake, but an honest one with no intention of marrying but it seems all that changes as he needs an heir and a spare. He has always preferred arrangements that didn’t involve expectations. Lady Violet Claxton is the daughter of a duke, a bluestocking with interests in Botany & Entomology. She has an analytical and scientific mind. To the Ton she appears cold, shy and peculiar. While both would wish to marry for love they don’t feel that’s an option for them. As these to get to know one another they agree to a courtship of convenience, one with an expiration date to avoid their respective father’s insistence that they marry. Entering into this arrangement they agree to go through the motions without emotion.
The author does a wonderful job creating extraordinary characters who come to life on the pages and grow throughout the story. Her dialogue is great befitting each situation in story, filled with humor, wit and fun. pens well-rounded, believable, and very alive characters in this story. Her rich, visual and sensory prose is l crafted with immense skill. The pacing of the story was good, not too fast, not too slow.
I really enjoyed seeing these two become friends and seeing the respect that Emory had for Violet. I loved Emory, he was really such a good man. Well it took a little bit longer to warm up to and how we really got to know her. There were so many misconceptions about her. She was a woman ahead of her time. It was wonderful to see them fall in love, never having felt those feelings they were uncertain of one another. This is such a sweet romantic story that touches your heart.
Thank you so much Ms. Charles for this charming and delightful story of sweet romance. Your stories always enchant me.
Lady Violet is a very unique type of person who you will love from the first page. Straightforward, strong willed and confident can be used to describe Violet but unfortunately she has been described in some very different terms which Emory has the privilege to disprove for himself. A rogue and a bluestocking lead this engaging courtship where two people have the privilege of being themselves outside of the eye of the ton. I loved their story of discovery and freedom to be who they truly are for each other.
Courtship of Convenience is book two in the Observations of a Wallflower series by Jane Charles. I enjoyed this story. I especially liked the humor running throughout the book. “Emory leaned in. ‘Lord Ferrard, what are you doing?’ ‘I was going to kissy you.’ ‘You are also drunk.’ ‘I am not,’ he defended. Though, perhaps he was, slightly. ‘Ours is a courtship of convenience, remember.’ ‘I’ve not forgotten.’ ‘Then I see no cause for you to kiss me.’ He frowned. ‘What if I wish to.” There are a few twists that I didn’t expect that kept the pace brisk. Well done!