Another sister takes the stage.
Now we come to Louisa, the brainiac of the Windham family and I think she is the third daughter. Louisa sees numbers; she can calculate numbers in her head. She is really really smart, however she is also a woman so she hides her smart head from the male population of England. She is really not interested in tying herself down to one of those male nincompoops. Besides that, she has a secret.
Then we have Sir Joseph Carrington. He was injured in the war - he limps. He also has two adorable little girls. He's rather a bumbling father; he's a tad bit uncomfortable with his daughters. That doesn't mean he doesn't love them - he does. He's also looking looking for a wife. He also raises pigs, which really doesn't have to do anything with looking for a wife - unless you don't like pigs. Have you ever been in the vicinity of a pig farm? P-U. Not only does he raise pigs, he talks to them (they don't answer back, that would be a different kind of story). He also doesn't care to have a title and he's also got a secret!
Louisa and Joseph get along together right away. They are perfect for each other - the end. Not really, but it should have been. About half way through this story I started to wonder in what order this book was written - not the order it was published, but written. You see for me it has the feel of the three books from the brother's trilogy. There was hardly any conflict, no real tension and it started to drag in the middle.
I do not mind when a romance is developed slowly; in fact some of my favorite books have full, well-rounded romance. Romance that takes a lonnnng time can be very enchanting. Louisa and Joseph could have been a wonderful couple if they had been allowed to have the book all to themselves. Oh sure, we needed to see Percy and Esther and Joseph's daughters and maybe some of Louisa's siblings. This is quite a large connected series. But we didn't need to see Prinny, his stooge Hamburg nor the Duke of Wellington. Prinny and Hamburg have these lonnng conversations about creating an Earldom for Joseph. For me, these were filler and proved a distraction to my enjoyment of the romance between Louisa and Joseph.
I wish Louisa and Joseph had more space dedicated to just them. The story started out well and I liked Louisa and Joseph. I thought their conversations were wonderful. They had the makings of a wonderful romance couple. But then their well-rounded development was overtaken by the silliness of inserting Prinny and Hamburg. Even Wellington was silly. Sad to say my great expectation in the first few chapters didn’t pan out.
Time/Place: Regency England