Sir Brian Gregory was immensely wealthy. He was vastly powerful. He was dazzlingly brilliant. He was extremely handsome. And he was thoroughly charming. All of which made the beautiful Miss Jessica Sutton-Drew exceedingly nervous.
Jessica had long since resolved to have nothing to do with this perilously perfect man. For she took her strong-willed aunt, lady Susan Peel as her model--and Lady Susan was the most formidable bluestocking in London, a champion of every worthy cause, including that of women's independence.
Jessica would only be breaking faith with her admirable aunt if she surrendered to Sir Brian's blandishments. Instead she had to armor herself against his most enticing entreaties--even if it meant betraying her own treacherous heart. (end)
This is the story of a woman's journey in self-identification. Instead of submerging herself in other's ideas of what she should believe in Lady Jessica over the course of the book grows into herself with the help of the hero, Sir Brian. The characters are written quite well, I think, and come alive almost instantly. The writing is very well done and quite a few rather topical issues of the time are covered such as plantations in Jamaica, slavery, and the courts system.
I found it not only to be a very enjoyable read but also a knowledgeable one. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a regency where the characters take their time to get to know themselves before they rush into a relationship, resulting in a most happy relationship.