Miss Priscilla Herbert was the grandniece of the Earl of Stanwell. Even though she was gentry, she was also simply a parson's daughter. Her mother, Charlotte, wrote to her sister (quietly, of course) in hope of finding a husband for Priscilla. Sure enough, they are summoned to London by her godmother, Mercy. Priscilla would be thrust into Society.
Priscilla was thrilled to be going to London! She hoped that perhaps she might find her heart's desire, a gentleman of worth who could care for her. It was not long before she met Lord Latimer "Felix", the heir to the Marquess of Silverstone. They met at a small museum where Priscilla was examining a stereopticon (a.k.a. "magic lantern"). Felix was enchanted from the start. He was looking to wed and believed her to be absolutely perfect! problem was his relatives. His relatives were always showing up in the scandal sheets, embarrassing him. In fact, he had asked for the hand of Miss Anne Bolsolver whose father refused the alliance, deeming his family unfit!
Priscilla embarks on the task of reuniting Felix with his estranged family. Also, Anne considers herself above Priscilla and confrontations are inevitable.
This novel is great for light reading. Just romance, with very little danger ever showing. This is a duel, but more danger of scandal than anything else. The character of Anne came across as childish. Priscilla's manners promptly make Anne into an unworthy rival. The enjoyment of this read is mainly the scenes where Priscilla attempts to get the Sutton family closer to each other. Felix is the hard head there.
This is a quick read and a very enjoyable book! I liked Felix and Priscilla's story very much.