Bethany House Publishers
Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.
Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.
Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.
I have a confession to make.
I really like getting books in the mail.
Sometimes, I'll request a book not because I have any real interest in it, but just because I love the thrill of opening the yellow envelope it comes in.
Well, case in point. This book.
I'll admit I had no high hopes for this book. Actually that was kind of a good thing, because then I wasn't disappointed. From the very beginning, I just could not bring myself to like it. The plot seemed very lacking, and the dialogue in particular just turned me off. It was too much like so many other typical Christian romances I've read over the years. The characters were just so...weird. Nothing about the book really struck anything inside me, and so I didn't get much farther than the first few chapters before deciding, nah, no thanks.
However I've read some pretty brilliant reviews of the book, so obviously lots of people liked it. It's just my personal preference that turned me off.
My rating: 4/10
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.