Heiress Evangeline "Lindy" Lindenmayer has been groomed since childhood to marry into the British aristocracy as her mother's ultimate ambition is a royal title for the family name. But literature fascinates Lindy far more than ballgowns, and she spends all her free time in the library, the only room in the Fifth Avenue mansion where she can safely indulge her passion for reading and find refuge from the prying eyes of her mother.
Jack Winthrop is studying for the ministry at Union Theological Seminary and has been invited to use the Lindemayer's library for his studies. His sole experience of upper-class young women has occurred at his uncle's church, where he has found these young debutantes universally featherbrained. When he meets Lindy, he is pleasantly surprised to discover she has wide-ranging interests and is highly intelligent. Although cautioned by his uncle to stay away from her, he finds Lindy a kindred spirit and over animated discussions of books and life, they fall in love.
But to reach happily ever after, Lindy will need to challenge her mother's long-laid plans, and weathering the approaching storm will take more backbone than she even knew she had.
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Phenomenal Must Read
This is the first novel I have read by this author and I enjoyed it very much. I really liked her writing style and the characters were very relatable. I love how the author immediately pulls you into this story. Set in the 1890’s this engrossing read is based on a true story.
Evangeline “Lindy” Lindenmayer was preparing to be presented to high society. But Miss Lindy would much rather hide away in the family library spending her days reading, then learning to dance in the ballroom of her Fifth Avenue mansion. While hiding away in the library she she meets a young man, Jack Winthrop, who has been invited to use the library to study for Theological Seminary. They become friends discussing the books they love to read, and connecting hearts. But Lindy’s mother has been grooming her since birth to marry a British royal. You will find yourself laughing out loud, especially during the debutant ball, and cheering on Lindy and Jack. The plot twists and turns will have you up all night, flying through the pages. The well developed characters are so real, and the dynamic connections of them are amazingly portrayed throughout the story. The historical aspects were spot on. As the story unfolds you will literally be moved from place to place feeling like you are standing in the corner watching each conversation happen before your eyes.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, this historical fiction is a must read. I was so happy to know that it is the first book of a series as I look forward to reading the next books to find out what next is to come. If you haven’t read this author yet, I highly recommend her, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you Renee Yancy for such a fabulous read.