This is the sixth book in Ella Quinn’s Worthingtons series. I have read one other book in this series and I have several on my to read shelf. I have to say I was let down by this book. it was such a slow burn that I wondered if there would even be a bit of romance in the whole book.
Lady Augusta Vivers has no objection to marriage, it just isn’t in her plans right now. she has every intention of attending university to complete her studies. Even if that means travelling to Italy, the only place that will accept a woman scholar. Her family, in particular, her mother, are against the idea, Augusta is forced to agree to participate in one season if she has any hope of going.
Lord Phineas Carter-Wood is a seasoned traveller who is active in his pursuit to view the architectural wonders of the world. His older brother is encouraging Phineas to marry as he only has daughters and the estate needs an heir. Introduced to Augusta by his sister-in-law, Phineas finds himself drawn to her, the one woman who shares his interests. discovering she is about to travel to Europe he quickly makes plans to follow. Thrown together on the journey, Phinn hopes to convince Augusta that they are meant to be together even though she rebuffs him.
This is well written and well researched but the plot is sadly lacking. Too much time and attention are given to travelling at the expense of the developing romance. I felt no chemistry between the two main characters. When Phinn initially proposed it felt like a business arrangement and not because he was madly in love with Augusta, I would have turned him down too. The story heats up again toward the end but at this point, I found it too late to redeem my interest. Ella Quinn is a talented author and this book won’t put me off from reading other instalments from her.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.