Published by Carroll & Graf on December 7th 2010
FINAL DECISION: Don’t read spoilers for this book. Yes, there is a gimmick to it, but it is a successful one and I enjoyed the stories of this arranged marriage very much.
THE STORY: Raised and educated to be a gentleman by his rich coal mining father, Reginald Mason has become accustomed to gambling and overspending as many of the ton do. His father decides to settle him with a marriage. When the opportunity arises for social advancement by contracting a marriage with a ruined aristocratic daughter, Reggie concedes to his father’s demands. Annabelle Ashton ran off with a servant and now must marry. When her father arranges the marriage with the son of his longtime enemy, Annabelle has no choice but agree.
OPINION: This is a book where the less said about its content the better. The story is unique and very unexpected. There are lots of surprises and secrets in this book. A reader who is willing to take an adventure of a well constructed story will appreciate this book.
Reading the spoilers will diminish the power of this book. The book isn’t long and doesn’t ask for a big commitment, but it is certainly memorable.
I enjoyed the interaction between Reggie and Annabelle. The banter and interaction between them makes this book a wonderful reading experience.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a shorter novel which works well with the story.
CONNECTED BOOKS: A MATTER OF CLASS is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 5 stars.