In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston's enticing new Seduction Diaries entry, a mysterious journal may provide a potential spinster with instruction—or lead her to her heart's desire
Free-spirited Lucy Westmore isn't yet a spinster, although she fully intends to be. Fortunately, an eccentric aunt has left her both a diary detailing the secrets to spinsterhood and a cottage in Cornwall. Unfortunately, an insufferable marquess is angling for her prize! Turning Lord Thomas Branston down flat should be easy. So why does this man who won't take no for an answer make Lucy's body and soul sigh yes?
Thomas knows the real value of Heathmore Cottage, and he has no intention of letting some silly Society miss get her hands on it. He'll simply have to charm Lucy into selling. But the clever young woman he encounters, first in London, then en route to Cornwall, stands stubbornly on her own two (quite lovely) feet. And now, Thomas can think only of sweeping her off them.
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this story brings plenty of amusement and entertainment.
Oh I love this author’s writing and humor, and her characters never fail to amuse and intrigue. The second in this series, it can be read alone but beware, McQuiston’s writing is addictive and she’ll quickly become a must read!
Lucy isn’t yet a spinster, but has every plan not to marry or be ruled by any but her own hand. More than a bit of a tomboy, she delights in dressing up in men’s clothing to wander about unfettered by society, and the occasional tree climb. An aunt she barely remembers (and the black sheep of her father’s family) has died and left her small cottage in Cornwall to Lucy. It being her father’s ‘duty’ to see her safely settled, he arranges the sale of the cottage without her consent.
Thomas Brandston, a marquis, has been ‘hiding’ away in the Cornwall village, and had befriended Lady E, Lucy’s aunt. He isn’t interested in someone from London coming to take away the cottage, or disturb his carefully crafted life away from the scandals and temptations of London. Spending his days in scientific research and working with the locals to improve their lives as best he can, he’s not willing to give up his intentions for the cottage quite yet.
These two butt heads frequently, as Lucy stubbornly runs from London to claim her inheritance. The moments with Thomas on the train to Cornwall, and the frequent encounters after soon change her impressions, and stir up uncomfortable feelings that challenge her fears of marriage.
With insets from the diary writings from Aunt E, Lucy’s similar appearance and her stubborn refusal to stray from the path she has set out for herself, the characters unfold and integrate to form not only a picture of the place, but display the clear connection between Thomas and Lucy, despite their both trying to deny the facts. Everyone in this story is so perfectly suited and fit to their parts they play, from kindly regard to sheer impish shenanigans, the moments move from clever to heartwarming in instants. With a wonderful twist that just borders the edge of beyond belief, this story brings plenty of amusement and entertainment.
A wonderful installment that carries the story forward and takes us out of the hustle and bustle of London society, with plenty of insight presented from the late Aunt E who writes diary entries as short skits and moment, full of the spunk and spirit she must have displayed to her family’s dismay.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.