When Lady Imogen falls upon the idea of using the London Season as a means of raising funds for a charitable scheme, she thinks it will be the simplest of things. With her friend, Lady Redmond at her side, the two embark upon a mission to attend as many social events as possible with the intention of opening every wealthy purse in sight. But it is all for a good cause; and a heartbreaking one as Imogen discovers when she and Lady Redmond find themselves wandering the dismal corridors of a workhouse for the poor of Lambeth.
Heath Montgomery, the young and arrogant Earl of Reddington had always enjoyed a life of privilege, free from cares and conscience. Looking forward to the London Season as always, he allows his determined mother a little latitude in searching for a wife for him; one with wealth of her own to swell the coffers of the Reddington Estate. Miss Jemima Ravenswood, daughter of a rich and ambitious Baron, seems to fit the bill. She is beautiful and as keen to secure herself a title as her father is.
But when the Earl finds himself crossing conversational swords with the caring and tenacious Lady Imogen, he wonders if beauty and fortune are enough for him anymore. When he finally falls for the curious Lady Imogen, will the Earl find he has gone too far and been too arrogant to ever win her heart?
Imogen was an admirable character with the best of intentions. But despite the length of the book, that’s really all we see of her. I know she is passionate about those in poverty and starting a shelter to contend with the degrading conditions of the workhouses, I know that she’s bad at bridge, but that’s about it.
Heath is irritating and shallow at first but manages to redeem himself. He finds himself slowly taken with Imogen and in the process becomes a better man.
There’s not much romance in the book. It actually takes a backseat to Imogen’s cause, which hurt the book. By not focusing on anything but that, the already long title became even more tedious.
The book was slow but well-written. Not much excitement, but it is rather honorable in its focus on those less fortunate.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.