Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.
Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.
A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.
As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?
The Proper Romance collection from Shadow Mountain has another winner with The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack. One thing that I love about these books is that in addition to being clean, they are all so different. Don't get me wrong, I'm up for reading most clean romance novels, but it's nice to have the variations in locations, social status, and characters.
I wondered how long Cassie would keep up the letter lie, but was glad it didn't go on for more than half the book. Then I wondered what would happen for the rest of the book. It was a sweet story with a happy ending. I'm glad Cassie grew up through her experience. She did so as penance in a lot of ways, but it made her a better person.
I liked Evan and his family. What an awkward situation to switch classes and not know what is expected and have so many people judging you. It was interesting especially with Evan to think someone was his friend and then he still spoke unkindly behind Evan's back.
I liked how everything turned out in the end. This is a quick, clean read that I'd recommend.
I love the proper romance books that I have read, and was excited to read another one from Josi Kilpack. This story was a little different, in that Cassie was not one of the "elite" women. The lifestyle that she led was quite a bit different than the gentle bred of their time. That made the whole tone of the book seem a bit different than the typical proper romance books that I have read. I admired Cassie's ingenuity in trying to make things work between Evan and her sister. Even though it turned out so wrong, she did have the best intentions when she started. Well...sort of. :)
I liked all of the main characters. Evan was like a fish out of water in his new lifestyle, but he handled it the best he could. I loved how protective he was with Cassie, even after she hurt him.
The book was kind of slow and easy to put down until the middle when Cassie's deception was discovered. I honestly had no idea how this book could end well without hurting Cassie, Evan, or Lenora. I think the author did a great job of resolving that issue so that everyone was content in the end.
I was not expecting to like the book as much as I did (I stayed up way too late reading it) especially because there wasn't any big devastating conflict. Don't get me wrong, there is conflict, but normally stories throw something like a kidnapping, or a marriage or something, and while this story could have done that, the characters were smart enough to say NO and I loved them for it.
I'm surprised that I liked Cassie too. She is selfish and self-centered, but she was real and didn't want to be either one. I'm sad to say that I could relate to her, and I actually felt she wasn't being treated very fair by her parents, and their lack of shown love (especially by the mother) was heart breaking. It seemed no one cared about Cassie until she fit their mold and her other sister got the whole story from her.
Evan was great. Not perfect and obviously like a fish out of water, but real and genuine. I like that he tried so hard. He just made me happy.
This was a satisfying read for me and I will be recommending it to my friends.
Title: The Vicar's Daughter
Author: Josi Kilpack
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: April 2017
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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