And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake
Booklist Reviews 2013 March #2
*Starred Review* The first step in getting married is finding the right man, which is why Daphne Dale pseudonymously answers an advertisement in the Morning Chronicle by a "sensible gentleman" in search of a suitable wife. Soon the two are engaged in a lively correspondence. The prospect of finally meeting Mr. Dishworth is enough to goad Daphne into attending her friend Tabitha Timmon's engagement ball, even if it means she must dance with the groom's uncle, Lord Henry Seldon. For three centuries, the Dales and Seldons have been feuding, and if any of Daphne's relatives discover that she is fraternizing with the enemy, Daphne knows they will permanently consider her persona non grata. Of course, this in nothing compared to what will ensue once Daphne discovers the true identity of Mr. Dishworth. The effervescent plot and wickedly witty writing in the second installment in RITA Award-winning Boyle's Rhymes with Love series is in its unique way evocative of the cinematic classic, The Shop around the Corner (and its 1998 counterpart, You've Got Mail), and Boyle has the same irresistibly light touch as director Ernst Lubitsch when it comes to mixing love and laughter. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2013 March #4
Tabitha Timmons is going to marry the Duke of Preston (as chronicled in Along Came a Duke), but her best friend, Daphne Dale, is still searching for her own happy ending. Usually prim, proper, and practical, Daphne has spent the past month secretly penning passionate missives to a "sensible gentleman" she met via an advertisement in the Morning Chronicle. When they finally meet at Tabitha's engagement ball, it's love at first sight—but the gentleman is Lord Henry Seldon and the sparks are from the centuries-old Dale-Seldon feud. Daphne is not ready to buck generations of hatred and defy her family for a Seldon rogue, even if she likes his good humor, opinions, and sense of duty. Henry is also horror-struck that his perfect woman is one of the over-proud Dales, but he can't keep his hands to himself. Henry and Daphne are willfully blind to how perfect they are for each other, so every encounter is entertaining and slightly manic. They clash constantly, but their kisses are sizzling. Their eventual mutual epiphany, complete with a madcap race to Scotland, is the perfect finishing touch to this delightful Regency. (Apr.)[Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC