1812 Southern belle Meg Burton is her parents last hope of avoiding financial ruin, and a distant cousin’s kind gesture seems an ideal solution: He will sponsor Meg for a London Season. The pursuit of a wealthy husband was not exactly how the bookish young woman had envisioned first trip abroad after all, what does a girl from Charleston, South Carolina, know about being a lady? Amidst the stunning gowns and extravagant balls of the ton, Meg feels like an imposter. Thankfully, she has one friend who knows her true self Carlo, handsome stable hand. Despite their difference in station, love blossoms between the unlikely pair, and Meg is sure of one thing: She wants nothing to do with the insufferable European aristocracy.
Prince Rodrigo de Talavera has lost everything to Napoleon. Jaded by war, he has become bitter and miserable until he meets Meg, an American woman whose eccentric schemes and passion for life remind him what it is to laugh and to love. If only she knew him for himself and not as Carlo the stable hand. With the shadow of deception looming over their happy acquaintance and the dangers of war drawing evermore near, can Meg and Rodrigo find the courage to put aside their pretenses and discover if they can beloved as they truly are?
Loved it! Jennifer Moore is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine. She always manages to find a new perspective to look at the regency period from. In this story she brings an American over to try to impress the ton. This particular American really had no desire to impress them. She is smart, understands politics, and not a fan of ballrooms and developing her own musical talents. Moore infuses humor and charm into the story as our prince and Miss Burton secretly get to know each other. It was delightful. I also liked learning a bit more about history and politics in 1812. Can’t wait to see what story Jennifer Moore comes up with next!