Nicholas Wakefield, second son to the Marquess of Wakefield, comes home after years abroad at the behest of his mother. He’s not exactly sure why she has summoned him home, but he does know one thing… that he is still desperately in love with Amelia Bishop. He intends to finally declare himself and let Mia know his feelings extend beyond friendship. But then his mother drops not one, but two bombshells that rock his world. His father is slowly losing his mind and she wants him to stay and help run the estate, and the woman he has loved forever is engaged to be married.
Amelia and Julia Bishop are very close. Not only sisters, but best friends and partners in crime. Julia suffers from a spinal deformity and has spent her life undergoing surgeries and visiting with doctors. The Bishop family is a close, loving one and after being shunned by the ton for Julia’s medical condition have lived a life of peace in the country. Amelia has accepted a proposal of marriage from Lord Montrose, but she has quite a few reservations. But her sister has urged her to wed and settle into married life with the rich, titled gentleman and her mother seems to be thrilled by the union. Then Nicholas, her other childhood best friend, comes home and Montrose condones some things said about her sister at their engagement party and all her reservations turn into the desire to end her engagement and stay unwed and by her sister’s side. Only Montrose won’t let her go and uses blackmail in order to keep her by his side. So what’s a girl to do, but turn to scandal in order to force him to break their engagement.
I liked so much of this book. The relationship between the sisters, the wonderful, witty dialogue, Nicholas and his undying love for Amelia, and finally the awesomely wicked comic relief of Nicholas’s friend Jasper. Kimberly Bell is a new to me author, but I feel like she is one that I’ll keep on my radar so I can add future releases to my TBR pile. I liked how well she wrote the friendship between Amelia, Julia and Nicholas. The three of them and their antics made me smile over and over. Nicholas had such a close relationship with Julia that she already knew all about his romantic feelings for Amelia. I did wonder why she kept pushing Amelia to marry Montrose knowing how much Nicholas loved her sister and how determined Amelia was to end her engagement, but I chalked it up to Julia wanted Amelia to get the chance to settle down and live the life she didn’t think she would ever have.
My one complaint is how long it took for the engagement to end. I kind of felt sorry for Montrose at first, then I absolutely didn’t, then I just wanted him to go away and for Amelia and Nicholas to succumb to their feelings for each other. I wish there had been more page time of Amelia and Nicholas talking about their relationship and how they wanted to move forward. The love scenes between the two were so well written, I just wish I had gotten more of them.
I’m just going to put this out there and hope for the best, I WANT JASPER AND JULIA TO END UP TOGETHER. From about the 50% mark I got this in my head and couldn’t let it go. I went to Goodreads, no synopsis. I went to the author’s website, no synopsis. I can’t think of a better hero for Julia and I will be so upset if someone else sweeps her off her feet and into his arms. I’ll keep my fingers crossed until Lady Julia’s Secret releases in January of 2018. Final Grade- B-
“I love you Amelia Bishop. I have loved you every day since the day we met. And I will love you long after I am gone from this earth.”