"Why would a gentleman wish to pick up a handkerchief, unaware of its condition?"
Miss Emma Carrington hasn't lived a life of privilege - until now. Lady Holmeshire has decided she is in need of a companion and that Emma should be raised from a maid to that lofty position. But Emma has no idea what really awaits her as she attempts to follow her employer into society. Lord Holmeshire, a man she has admired from afar, is also not keen on visiting London for the season. Mainly due to the fact that he must soon propose to his long promised fiance. But he is more concerned about helping the poor than to creating an even larger inheritance for his future children. Life and love is faced in all walks of life as this assortment of characters figure out just where their proper places in the world really are.
My Opinion: This was an interesting read, but very slow. It took me about a hundred pages before I could figure out which couples I should be rooting for to get married. It felt more like a story of a group of people and their various situations rather than the story of a man and woman trying to find a way to be in love and live happily ever after. The characters were fine, though it was hard for me to get close to them. Overall I felt the plot to be slow and a bit unrealistic when it finally did speed up. Much of the book focused on seemingly unexplained characters and a focus of the plight of the poor during Victorian England. Overall it was an interesting book, but not what I would normally recommend for someone looking for a good romance.
I was given a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are 100% my own.