Published by Harlequin Mills & Boon on October 1, 2018
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Be calm, she thought.
Be gracious. Be twenty-two.
Lady Olivia Fanton is eager to prove she’s no longer a child. However, just as she thinks she’s found a suitable match in the suave Mr Manning, charismatic Captain Jem Ford walks back into her life, bringing with him all the embarrassment of her infatuation four years before! She’s determined to appear mature, distant, friendly. But does she dare hope he’ll notice her as the lady she’s become?
~~Review by Evelyn~~
Lady Olivia Fenton was just 18 when dashing army officer Jem Ford and his sister Lizzie came to stay with them while Jem recovered from a wartime injury. Olivia fell madly in love with Jem, but since she was sure that he only saw her as a friend, she never told him. When he returned to service, he went to Australia without having confessed to Olivia that he was also in love with her. When he returns four years later, he mistakenly believes that Olivia has fallen for another man, George Manning. Not wanting to interfere, he lets Olivia continue to believe that they are only friends. How long can they continue to mislead each other?
This is a sweet little story about miscommunication. It is character driven and the main characters are well-written and very likeable. Their complex histories are interesting and believable. The secondary characters are also well-written and add depth to the story.
The mostly predictable plot gets a bit bogged down at the beginning. There is very little happening other than Olivia and Jem going over and over in their heads about how much in love they are with the other, but since this love is never openly expressed, their relationship failed to draw me in. It wasn’t until a major, frightening event takes place that I started to care about Olivia and Jem and what happened to them. I wish this event had taken place earlier in the story. I needed a “hook”.
The pace of the second half of the book was much more satisfying. New storylines were introduced that took the characters in unexpected directions, and there were a few surprises.
THE MAKINGS OF A LADY is the third book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone novel. I have not read either of the other books, but I did not feel that I had missed anything. The author paints a complete picture of the characters and their histories.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.