Feb 17, 2015

Once a Wallflower, At Last His Love by Christi Caldwell Review

Responsible, practical Miss Hermione Rogers, has been crafting stories as the notorious Mr. Michael Michaelmas and selling them for a meager wage to support her siblings. The only real way to ensure her family’s ruinous debts are paid, however, is to marry. Tall, thin, and plain, she has no expectation of success. In London for her first Season she seizes the chance to write the tale of a brooding duke. In her research, she finds Sebastian Fitzhugh, the 5th Duke of Mallen, who unfortunately is perfectly affable, charming, and so nicely… configured… he takes her breath away. He lacks all the character traits she needs for her story, but alas, any duke will have to do.

Sebastian Fitzhugh, the 5th Duke of Mallen has been deceived so many times during the high-stakes game of courtship, he’s lost faith in society women. Yet, after a chance encounter with Hermione, he finds himself intrigued. Not a woman he’d normally consider beautiful, the young lady’s practical bent, her forthright nature and her tendency to turn up in the oddest places has his interests… roused. He’d like to trust her, he’d like to do a whole lot more with her too, but should he?

So we begin our story with Hermione and Elizabeth, two young ladies, devoted sisters whose biggest concern in life was whether or not young ladies paint or their evil governess. But in one blink of an eye everything is changed and for one of those sisters, their idyllic childhood has gone. Fast forward 11 years and now Hermione has to sacrifice everything to keep her family safe and in the process destroys the one thing that she wants so much.
Sebastian, Duke of Mallen is not a normal Duke; he doesn’t lie about and do nothing with his life. He is an honorable man who cares about his family and their happiness. Content remaining a bachelor, then a young lady catches his eye and everything changes.
And there we start Sebastian and Heromine’s rough and tumble relationship, until Hermione betrays Sebastian and damages his love for her. Their lives are forever tied but their relationship tumbles downwards at great speed…can anything save it???
The writing is flawless, the story is enchanting and there was not a plot hole to be found. I LOVE Hugh and Addie, but would quite happily throttle Aunt Agatha (the old bat).
Again I am blown away by the sheer talent and imagination of Christi Caldwell! Every book of hers that I read makes me think I have been born in the wrong time period and I end up wishing that I was a part of the book. So I give Once a Wallflower, At Last His Love a very well deserved 10 out of 10.

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