I was a bit surprised that book 3 was about Perdita and not about Corin, the third brother... but it seems he will have a story soon so all is well…
We knew Perdita in the previous book where she had an important role in bringing about her brother’s happiness. Now, a few months later, she is at the end of another season planning to reject another suitor when her mother introduces her to the Marquess of Petherbridge, a widower looking for a new wife.
Like in the previous book I did like the main characters very much, Perdita a bit more than Charles. I also liked that they were planning to get to know each other slowly and see where that would take them before embarking in a serious relationship. Unfortunately Petherbridge’s sister Millicent get’s involved with a fortune hunter and Perdita feels she should warn him and prevent disaster and the man involved is the one responsible for the accident that left her an invalid in the past.
Her meddling ends up complicating her relationship with Petherbridge as there is some gossip going around about what happened in the previous book and being confronted with it she decides to give him up. But when Millicent elopes with the villain and he takes Petherbridge young daughter as guarantee they both set out to stop them.
During their time together they do give in to their attraction and if there’s one thing I enjoyed was that it didn’t immediately made them decide to marry. They kept thinking if they would deal well with each other, especially Perdita as Charles’s daughter is a very spoiled and annoying little girl and Perdita clearly sees she will be a problem between them.
The villain and Millicent are a bit too bad and I can’t help feeling that they should have had less protagonism, I was quite happy to see Perdita and Charles develop their relationship and I would have been happier just focusing on them.
I am glad to have read the 3 books in a row because book 1 and 2 take place at the same time and book 3 is closely connected to what happened in book 2 so having all the details fresh in my mind was definitely a plus.