Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.
Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.
Ms. Turano has a way of making historical fiction fun, exciting, and hilarious. I lost count of all the times I burst into giggles while reading. It’s just that good, y’all.
The characters are wonderful. Both the hero, Oliver, and the heroine' Harriet, were deep, unique, and flawed while being extremely likable. Their budding romance was completely swoon-worthy. I also fell in love with a few of the other characters and can’t wait to see them star in their own stories. (Lucetta and Millie, I’m talking about you!)
If you like inspirational historical fiction with comedy and romance (and even if you don’t), I recommend picking up this book. You won’t regret it.
I can’t wait to see what Ms. Turano has up her sleeve next. 5 stars for a fantastic read!
(Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, which I have given.)