This book was dreadfully dull. At first, I just thought the book was just boring because I started reading right before I went to bed, but I was wrong. In the light of day, this book still made me want to fall asleep.
I felt like the book lacked a plot: seventy-five percent of the book was literally just Elizabeth Turley—a popular young society miss—and Lord Harrington—heir to an earldom—courting. And a very boring courtship at that. There was no intrigue, scandals, or any doubt that the characters would end up getting married. They literally just drive around, get ices, discuss politics and smile. The courtship doesn’t even include any particularly cute or funny scenes for goodness sake!
It is only in the last quarter of the book that there is any sort of strife between Lord Harrington and Elizabeth happens. And the strife is just so freaking dumb: both of them act super childish and immature when a simple conversation could have mended their issues.
Communication is just not that complicated kids!
The only remotely interesting scenes in this book happen at the very end when Lord Harrington and Elizabeth move to Brussels for his diplomat position. I’m not going to spoil it (in case you actually want to read this book—which I would not recommend), but there is a pretty decent climax. Unfortunately, by the time the characters moved to Brussels, I just couldn’t care less about their relationship.
As characters Elizabeth and Lord Harrington were fine. Elizabeth had many positive traits (resiliency, strength, loyalty) but she often came across as ridiculously childish. Which, arguably, is fair: she is a teenage in the midst of her first season. But regardless, her immaturity when it came to conflict resolution with Lord Harrington really bothered me—being passive aggressiveness is just never the answer.
As far as Lord Harrington….I spent the majority of the book wanting to hit him over the head with a stick. For someone obviously quite intelligent, he is unbelievably daft when it comes to women. I found his inability to discern Elizabeth’s feelings I found equally amusing and frustrating.
In conclusion, while I didn’t hate this book I didn’t like it either. While I never got actively angry or disgusted with the book, my eyes glazed over while reading it.
Random Side Note: This is one of my favorite book covers of all time.