on April 4th 2017
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Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.
Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted.
A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister but her good intentions may lead to disaster.
As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Vicar’s Daughter is the third book in A Proper Romance series by Josi S. Kilpack. It can easily be read as a stand alone book despite being part of a series.
Cassie Wilton is the youngest of six daughters of a vicar and his wife. The family rule is that only one daughter can ‘come out’ a year, and until that daughter is married, the next daughter in line can’t ‘come out’. Poor Cassie is already past her prime for eligibility, she is having to waiting for the last sister before her, Lenora, to wed. The very sister who is so anxious and shy that she barely goes out and it seems like she will never marry. Cassie feels so much resentment towards her sister, and her parents too, after all it was their stupid rule that is keeping her waiting for her turn on the marriage mart.
When Cassie hears that there is a new man in town, Evan Glenside, a quiet Clerk from East London, one who has moved to the country in order to learn all he needs to as he is now the heir to his great uncle, she realises he could be the ‘one’ for Lenora. When she finds out that Lenora has met the man and that she seems interested in him, Cassie decides she has to do her best to help their romance along. With that in mind, and knowing how shy her sister is, she decides the best way to move the romance along would be to write to Evan pretending to be Lenora.
Evan is more than happy to be corresponding with Lenora. Their letters are innocent, but through them they develop a wonderful friendship, and he is able to open up to her about his feelings as he has never done before. He knows Lenora is very shy in person, and in fact feels quite awkward around her because of it, but if she can learn to be less shy from having had corresponded with him for a while, then he hopes she will be as lovely to be around as in person as on paper. He has met Cassie, and feels an attraction towards her, but he really likes Lenora (because of the letters). He would love a mix of both Cassie and Lenora, but of course can’t have that.
With that in mind, he decides to call on Lenora and ask to take her for a carriage ride. It’s time then for Cassie to come clean with Lenora so that she knows what they have discussed in the letters. Will Lenora be angry and tell Cassie to come clean, or will she go through with the farce in order to snag herself a husband at long last. Poor Cassie doesn’t know what she wants Lenora to do because during all her time writing to Evan she actually finds HERSELF in love with him!
This was a very sweet, slightly religious, which is to be expected from the title, story. There aren’t any sex scenes, but the kisses that certain people share are certainly toe curling for the participants. All the characters were well described, and when it came to Cassie and Lenora there were times when I felt for both of them, not sure whose side I wanted to be on. I also felt sad for poor Evan because the upper classes have already got their noses in the air over him because they think he is a nobody compared to them, and then when all this happens with Cassie and Lenora, well the ‘proverbial’ really hits the fan then. It’s hard to see how there could be a happy ending, but I am happy to say that there is one. Phew. I don’t mind a book with trials and tribulations in it, but it has to have a happy ending.
Although I like a book with a bit more excitement especially in the romance department, I have to admit that this was a really pleasant book to read, and if you love your romances sweet and clean then this is the perfect book for you.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.