I didn't enjoy this story as much as her previous ones. I don't believe she had as much historical information. I hope the others will bring the author back to sharing more history.
Bestselling author Susan Wiggs once again delights readers with her portrayal of unconventional women and the men who learn to love them. Abigail Cabot, the awkward, dowdy daughter of a powerful senator and sister to reigning beauty Helena, loves nothing more than stargazing. In fact, that's what she's doing when she discovers a couple in a passionate embrace in the garden. Embarrassed, Abby escapes, dropping her handkerchief in her hurry. Imagine her shock when the gentleman seducing the president's sister in plain view turns out to be freshman congressman James Calhoun. The rake's knowing winks and forward manner rile Abby like no one else ever has, not even the object of her long-standing unrequited love, Lt. Boyd Butler, the vice president's son. But nothing is as it seems in Wiggs's wonderful world. The ugly duckling turns into a swan, thanks to a fairy godmother in the form of a talented seamstress, but the prince is a surprise to everyone, including the newly transformed Abby. Meanwhile, the beautiful Helena is in love with a thoroughly unsuitable man, their next-door neighbor, absent-minded professor Michael Rowan, the only man who doesn't think Abby's affinity for astronomy is unnatural. But it appears that no one is going to get what they wish for--or worse, maybe they will.
Abigail Cabot thinks she's in love, until she meets the man who will teach her the "social graces" she lacks to win the man she wants. However, after meeting Jamie Calhoun, Abigail is no longer sure whom she loves.
This an unconventional story--there aren't enough books set during early American history.
This is an excellent book. I read it in two days because I could not put it down. The characters are so enjoyable to follow through the story line. Didn't want the story to end.
Not as good as the first two in the series. I have always found this to be the case for Wiggs' series. They start out strong and really good but as the series progresses it lacks originality and focus.
Abby was a little too much like Isadora of the first book. In fact Jamie is a bit too much like Ryan as well. As how it relates to the Calhoun's, Jaime is Noah (from the second book) Calhoun's half brother. This is a rehash of the ugly duckling story with Jaime as the fairy godmother.
It was still a decent read and might have been better as a standalone book. There are some slight inconsistencies with minor characters from the series (like incorrect nicknames of minor characters). Not a huge deal. Sad to see what happens to some of the characters if you are a fan of the series.
Looking forward to Helena's story.
Interesting characters, love and politics in late 1800s Washington DC.
At a glittering White House gala, Abigail Cabot discovers the man of her dreams. Only, he's not interested...yet. So the gifted lady astronomer, whose passion for measuring stars has left her woefully lacking in social graces, seeks someone to educate her...someone who is a master at the art of seduction.
At a glittering White House gala, Abigail Cabot discovers the man of her dreams. Only, he's not interested..yet. So the gifted lady astronomer, whose passion for measuring stars has left her lacking in social graces, seeks someone to educate her...someone who is a master in the art of seduction.
From back of book:
Abigail Cabot meets the man of her dreams but he is not inerested . . . yet. Since she is woefully lackingin social graces, she seeks someone to educate her . . . someone who is the master of seduction. Jamie Calhoun befriends Abigail as a means to a political end. But the blan goes awry and they fall in love.
If you like historical romances, this one was quite sweet and not your typical plot.
Fun book with a twist on the typical romance
Abigail is a shy quiet young woman with a bad foot that makes her limp. However her father is a very important congressman and Jamie Calhoun wants the congressmans help. Abigail seems like the most direct route to Jamie's goal. Good story
Book 3: Calhoun Chronicles
I usually don't enjoy historical romances but this one was light and lively; humorous and funny. It entertained me; I thoroughly enjoyed it.