Xanthe, my favorite fairy godmother, does it again. And she's absolutely delightful. Janice Bennett's Xanthe Trilogy continues in The Starlight Wish, the second book of the series. The Starlight Wish is even better than the first book, The Candlelight Wish.
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Major Aubrey Kelland is not your typical fairy godchild. In fact a least likely candidate for whimsy, you'll never meet. Returning home after years of fighting, he's ready to settle down and head his family. With two young sisters to care for and holdings to manage he understands that it's his duty to find and marry a woman of impeccable breeding and sober nature. That's what he understands he must do, but is that what his heart truly desires?
Miss Desdemona Lynton is totally lacking in any of the requirements Aubrey has set for his future wife, but she's the only woman out of the many that have come to Aubrey's house party, that appeals to him.
He fights hard against his desire for her and even harder against the sparks of lightness and humor she inspires in him. Desdemona is hurt and confused by his obvious rejection of her, but is determined to win the Major over. And with Xanthe on her side there's no way she can lose.
I enjoyed this book. Xanthe, as always, was highly entertaining. Desdemona was a bit more fluff headed than I'd have liked but on the whole she was a very credible leading lady. Major Aubrey was a character I could click with. Here is a man who obviously loves his younger sisters, despite the fact that he's been separated from them for many years and that their only contact was through the occasional letter. He's very stubborn and takes things way too seriously but his intentions are good and I found it easy to forgive him his minor flaws.
I'm looking forward to reading more of Janice Bennett's work.