by Patricia Bray

October 1997
ISBN: 0-8217-5768-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Cornelia Jane Sedgwick had no choice but to accept her aunt’s invitation to come to London to be presented to the ton. Since her father’s death, Jane’s family has been in dire financial straits and being the eldest of nine children, Jane feels that the responsibility lies on her to support them. Her only hope is to find a wealthy husband in London. However, Jane has never been out of the country, has never learned to dance or how to deport herself among the exacting London society. She fears her quest is hopeless!

Matthew Kingsley, Viscount Glendale, was still bitter from his fiancé’s betrayal years ago and was not looking to become involved with another woman of the ton. However, he found Jane Sedgwick’s bluntness and direct manner a refreshing change from the phony coyness of the majority of ladies in his set. But those very characteristics he enjoyed about Jane, led him to make a wager that she would not last a month in London.

Matthew begins to spend time with Jane in order to secure his winning of the bet. But soon he starts to see her for the beautiful, caring and wonderful woman that she really is and he begins to call on her in earnest. Jane feels that she cannot hope to win the heart of the Viscount Glendale, but she fears she is falling in love with him anyway. When a misunderstanding causes Matthew to announce to all of society the wager he made regarding Jane, can love reconcile them?

While the plot of a wager being made regarding a lady and the turmoil that results once it becomes public knowledge is not new, A London Season was not dull or commonplace. It was a quick, enjoyable read that kept my interest to the end. Jane was a thoughtful and loving sister to her family, willing to sacrifice her own happiness for their well-being. Thankfully that wasn’t necessary, and Matthew was there to ensure that Jane could have both a secure future for her siblings and love in her life. Matthew did anger me that he was eager to believe the worst about Jane’s search for a husband, and I never like the excuse of baggage from past relationships. Fortunately, he did redeem himself to both Jane and this reader by the end!

If you’re looking for a sweet, lighthearted Regency romance, A London Season is sure to please!

Reviewed in January 2003 by Nicole.

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