Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Charlotte Withersby  loves her life as it is. She is free to pursue her passion for botany without restraint or the convention of society.  She takes care of her widower father and tries to keep everything in line without it all falling down on them.    When her uncle thinks, marriage is what is best for her, her father falls in line with it way too easy.  When Mr. Trimble shows up, the plan to show her father he needs her  instead is thwarted.  Mr. Trimble is a botanist correspondent from New Zealand, who ends up filling the void as an assistant extremely well.  Now a new plan is needed, she will pretend to look for a husband and show her father just how much he will miss and need her when she has her own household to run.  Suddenly she's thrust into society with rules she can't make sense of and there are real men interested in her. 
"Oh, what a web we weave"......

I found this story to be slow moving, and detailed but not without its charms.  Charlotte was fun to listen to as you read and hear her genuine confusion when she didn't get the response she expected, to her honest speaking.  Also clever was her confusion over fashion and of the "why" of the need for some of it.  Her suitors were fairly well developed in personality as was her friend Miss Templeton (who I really liked).  Charlotte's uncle, The Admiral was someone that I didn't care for at first, but then as time went on, we were given more insight into his true character.  
I know that Charlotte was disappointed in having her position at home filled and her life's work practically coming to nothing, but she was often so childish in her resentment towards Edward Trimble.  Of course he often came across as disapproving and critical of her although at times he did end up helping her as well.   I could see the sparks from their battles but I really didn't feel the sparks of attraction part.  I know Trimble had so many hidden secrets but I almost felt that so much of his true personality was hidden as well.  

I received this book FREE from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are wholly and completely my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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