Although she is known for one harebrained scheme after another, Lady Agatha Purcell isn’t as far gone as she pretends to be. Her lending library for women is bound to be a huge success, and she has spared no expense or effort towards it. Not only has she solicited literary donations from everyone she knows, but she has also gotten her cousin Prudence Reese to assist her with cataloging the collection. Of course, the fact that Prudence is young, attractive, and single and so is Lady’s Agatha’s son, Lord Alwyn, has nothing to do with Agatha’s invitation for Prudence to spend the season with the family.
Despite Lady Agatha’s clever attempts at matchmaking, Alwyn and Prudence still must find their own path to the altar. Before they can get there, they have to deal with a big misconception and Prudence’s mother who doesn’t quite feel that Alwyn is the best man for her daughter.
The Passionate Miss Prudence is a nice treat from novelist Lisa Noeli. The characters are charming, and the story although weak in some areas (for example, this reviewer would have liked to see more done with the amorous engravings and much less done surrounding the actual library construction) still manages to be sweetly engaging.
Prudence and Alwyn make a charming pair. Alwyn, especially, is a most impressive character. It is a pleasure to observe him as he deals with being in love for the first time. His labors to win Prudence’s heart are endearing. Even though he and Prudence are memorable romantic leads, it is Lady Agatha who steals the show with her creative manipulations and scheming. She gives a whole new meaning to mothers who know best.
After reading The Passionate Miss Prudence, readers will be eagerly awaiting Noeli’s next story. I know I will too.