Arabella Sheraton brings a wealth of joy with this swift seasonal read. Patience Cherwell is such an endearing heroine, she is everything you would imagine a genteel and kind woman of her time and upbringing should be. While she could have come across as boring or even uninteresting she doesn't, she is attractive and intriguing, she is appealing in an understated, classic way. She is the perfect foil to her young friend's vibrant beauty and the fact that Lord Blackwood sees her for who she is and recognizes her worth makes him a stellar hero. I loved the supporting characters in this story and the lovely descriptions. This was a whirlwind, fairytale-like story that had me smiling from the start and I'm still smiling days later. If you're looking for a beautiful break, this is a great choice. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author as this was a very enjoyable traditional regency.
Miss Patience Cherwell has no plans to marry and has no problem living out her life as a spinster. She couldn't be happier when Lord Blackwood begins paying marked attention on her young friend. But she is surprised to find that he does indeed make her wish for things that will never happen. So when she gets a corsage for the upcoming Valentine Ball she finds herself wishing even more.
Patience Cherwell is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. When her young friend comes to stay for a London season, Patience decides the eligible Lord Blackwood is the perfect match for her guest and determines to see the pair united. So why is Patience anything but happy when the pair seem to actually like each other? And, when a mysterious Valentine corsage arrives, who will Patience discover is the anonymous admirer?