Josette Price sees her future in Beddingfield Park. While her brother, George, needlessly pursues a naval career, she promises to watch over
their beloved parents and the park estate. Nothing would make Josette happier than to see her sister and her self settled within the palings of Beddingfield. But dark, brooding Captain Carter
rides into their lives with news that ruins everything: George has been
lost at sea.
Learning the park is entailed to their cousin, Edward, Josette must decide between marrying her fickle relation or helping her besotted sister trap him in her stead. Only Captain Carter and his delightfully spinsterish relatives can stop the Price girls from making a choice that would be the greatest tragedy of all.
“Papa!” she shouted, as she stampeded into the vestibule. “Papa!” She knocked brusquely on the study door before storming
“Good Lord, Josette, what is it?”
Josette’s father had a frown creasing the folds of his skin. His eyes glared impatiently from beneath fuzzy brows.
“Someone’s come. An officer.” She squeezed her hands anxiously. Her father did not like to be disturbed in his sanctuary and he did not like it when his daughter wandered about in the rain.
“You’re wet,” came his disapproving answer. Still, Sir Robert Price unfolded himself from his chair next to the fire and moved over to one of three great windows overlooking the park.
“It’s not George,” Josette said.
Sir Robert glanced at the wet puddles from Josette’s slippers. “Go change at once. You are not fit to be seen.”
Josette felt the muslin sticking to her skin. Of course she was not. She’d put on very little beneath her morning dress and it showed. Shamed that her lack of modesty had been discovered, she hurried up the stairs.
Had the officer noticed? Heat tinged her cheeks but she pushed it away. She’d done her duty and informed her father of their visitor, petticoats not withstanding. At least they would be able to stoke the fire and fetch a warm drink.
As she reached the top of the stairs, Hannah met her with a gasp. “Which you’re all wet, Miss Price,” she chided. The ancient woman, who had served two generations of Price family, took her by the elbow in concern. “And you’ve been out without your bonnet, too.”
Josette allowed herself to be led to her room. The door had not shut behind them before she startled herself in the looking glass. Her hair was a tangled mess, her face flushed on both cheeks. What had the officer thought of the hoyden in the woods?
A recollection of him lying in a heap made her stare at her own reflection. With his cape thrown back, the epaulette on his shoulder had gleamed in the dreary gloom.There had been no white piping on that uniform.
“Oh bother,” she muttered.
The man galloping across Beddingfield Park had been no mere lieutenant. He’d worn the rank of Captain.
"Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin fans, this is definitely a must read book!"
"There were a few moments when I laughed out loud, when I wanted to throttle Josette, when I sighed over Carter, when I growled at Edward, and when I rolled my eyes at Amy...Wonderful book, Ms. Thorne, and I can't wait for you to delight us again with another sweet tale. I toss my bonnet to you. :)"
Rating = 5 Stars
"...She is well versed on the dress and customs of the Regency period. Her characters, even the minor ones, are well developed. Josette and Captain Carter form the heart of the novel and right away we see the attraction between the two, albeit subdued at first. The death of Josette's brother brings a great deal of stress for the family, thus giving a very interesting storyline. You will find sadness, humor, happiness and the list goes on. I highly recommend Josette, and I believe once you've started reading it, you will not want to put it down."