Title: One True Love
Author: Suzanne Enoch
In: The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown (Julia Quinn, Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins & Mia Ryan)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Regency romance
Dates read: 7th April 2020
5th sentence, 74th page: “I’ve never seen him like that.”
When the scandalous actions of his beautiful fiancée are recorded in Lady Whistledown’s column, a concerned groom-to-be rushes back to London to win his lady’s heart once and forever, in Suzanne Enoch’s enchanting romantic gem.
I was intrigued to see how the first novella in the The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown collection would be like. After all, I had just finished the Bridgertons by Julia Quinn, and needed it to be in somewhat of the same vein as her writings. Otherwise, in my mind, the collection just really wouldn’t work. And I was lucky. Because Enoch was able to write entirely within the same bounds and completely fascinated me with her wonderful, cute and sweet story. That, in true form, was filled with lots of sass.
The idea of arranged marriages is one of the most terrifying ideas for me. I understand that they can work, but since the man I ended up picking is drastically different to who my parents wanted for me… it seems kind of terrifying. And an organised proposal in Regency London strikes me with that same sense of discomfort. The fact that the lead, Anne, in this story obviously felt that same sense of disquiet at not having a decision in one of the most important decisions of her life… I totally understood. And felt some pretty major sympathy for her plight and need to fight constantly against the restrictions placed on her.
Maximillian and Anne have a great chemistry between them. You know that they will end up together in the end, after all, this is a romance. But, the journey, the wit and the fights that they have along the way are brilliant. Unforgettable. And just downright enjoyable. Particularly on the ice skating rink… that is one image that I just can’t get out of my head. It is both cute and funny. Kind of a ggreat way to sum up this whole novella…