With This Kiss Part One is a charming tale of the unrequited love of a young girl, and the dashing young man too blind in his own life to notice her love. Not an uncommon tale by far, but one told in such a gentle and beautiful way that I couldn’t help but to smile. The characters are delightful as is characteristic of all of Ms. James’ characters, and as this is a novella that will continue into parts two and three, I am quite certain the story will continue to develop beautifully into the charming historical romance it is building into already. Fans of Ms. James will not want to miss this, and new readers will fall in love with this book as I did.
Lady Grace Ryburn is the daughter of a duke. Her sister Lady Lily Ryburn has always been the belle of the ball, and has always outshone her sister Grace, and Grace has always seemed content to stay in the shadows. The Ryburn sisters have grown up around the Barry clan, but few are more surprised to see how much not just Lily but even more so Grace had grown up before their eyes than young Colin Barry when he returns from the Navy. Grace had been writing him for years, but is this stunning creature the same waif he left behind years before? And what of her sister, the mischievous Lily? Colin seems to believe himself enamored of Lily. But is he really? And what will he do when a mysterious suitor arrives seeking Grace’s hand? Come along and see. You won’t want to miss it.
Lady Grace Ryburn, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Ashbrook, has fallen wildly in love with Colin Barry, a dashing young lieutenant serving his country in the Royal Navy. When he returns home to exuberant celebrations, will he even notice the quiet wallflower he grew up with … or will he fall for Grace's sparkling, gorgeous sister?
Author's Note: Lady Grace is the eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Ashbrook, from The Ugly Duchess, and Colin is the eldest adopted son of Sir Griffin Barry, from Seduced by a Pirate.