The London Season of 1913 is in full swing, and Rose has never felt more out of place. She can't help but feel like a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then she meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard all sorts of gossip about Alexander, but he alone treats her as a friend. Rose should know better than to give her heart to a man with a reputation, but it may already be too late.
Meanwhile, Ada's also feeling miserable. She should be happy - she's engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? She knows that without this marriage, her family will be ruined, but it seems that in matters of love, the Averley's can only follow their hearts...
5 Words: Lavish, historical, romance, betrayal, scandal.
I am in love with this series.
Yet again, Leila Rasheed plunges us into the luxurious world of the people at Somerton and I loved it.
This series will be one I can easily reread again and again. I love the characters and how they all have their own distinct voices and personalities that really come through when you're reading from their perspective.
I was so disappointed in Laurence. He was so good around Ada, a different person really, and if he hadn't been such a dick-head it could have actually worked. But Charlotte isn't totally to blame, from reading her perspective I really understand her motives. I actually pitied her a little bit! But her mother? Well, I definitely don't like Lady Westlake.
Rose really struggled in this book, even more than in the first book. But she's such a strong character and I loved how everything ended for her. I could read about Rose all day, and how she gallantly stumbles through the life she's thrust in to. She puts up with so much, coping with some of the nastiest people and most awkward situations.
This book is just as lavish and extravagant as the first, perhaps even more so. And now I have so long to wait for the next one!