Commodore Gabriel Montford, veteran of the British Royal Navy, is forced to resign his commission, thanks to his idiot brothers' early deaths, now making him the tenth Viscount Montford, a title he does not want and an inheritance he cannot afford. To save his ancestral estate and his sisters' future he must find a wife with a healthy dowry and the ability to give him heirs.
Abigail Prescott, an improverished spinster from Boston, has just landed in England to live with her last relation on earth. All she has is her pride, her lace-making talents and the knowledge that she'll remain a spinster all her life. But at least one adventure might not be amiss, would it? When a wind-blown bonnet brings Montford and Abigail together, well-laid plans begin to unravel. And if Lady Caro Ashford has anything to do with turning the unassuming American into a sophisticated beauty . . . well then, the viscount had better re-think his plans.
This is the first novel in a new series, The School for Sophistication, featuring the intrepid Lady Caro as the teacher of sophisticated ways and manners (and perhaps how to enjoy an adventure or two!).
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I loved this couple. Both unconventional and perfect for each other
Abigail recently lost her mother and is now destitute. She makes exquisite lace, but is that enough to get by on? Then a cousin in England invites Abigail to live with her and her husband on their estate. As soon as Abigail steps off the ship she meets Gabriel, the new Viscount Montford. He rescues her from a lecherous sailor, and then she finds out he is friends with her cousin’s husband. She is attracted to him and he seems to like her also, but he as to find a wife with a dowry and Abigail has to money. Would she be happy being a mistress? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Don’t be tardy!
Although it was Abigail and Gabriel’s story the characters that stood out to me were the Dowager Lady Rutherford and Lady Caroline Ashford. I love quirky characters with a good plot line. I loved Abigail I felt she was true to herself. As for Gabriel I wish he hadn’t taken so long to admit to his true feelings. There were times I really didn’t like Gabriel he was just plain shady when he was wooing Abigail for real one minute and the next he would think she was not of his station so he could just seduce her. Thank goodness for The School for Sophistication. I’m looking forward to finding out how Julia fares at school. Bravo Claire Hadleigh, Bravo !
This is a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, the characters were witty, each having their own agenda, and the story moved along qucickly. I look forward to her next book in the series.
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