Diary of an Accidental Wallflower is the start of a new series for Jennifer McQuiston the Seduction Diaries. A first for me, never having read this author before, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A light and easy read that I breezed through. I expected it to be a bit of historical fluff, which is fine with me sometimes that’s exactly what you need, but there was more to this book than that and that was a nice surprise. The main characters are more than they seem. Clare Westmore may seem like an empty headed socialite but is really very intelligent and well read she only pretends so she won’t stick out in the ton and so it would be easy to find a husband. Dr. Daniel Merial isn’t just your ordinary doctor he is also trying to discover a better way to administer chloroform safely for surgery. The characters are strong willed both knowing what they want or what they think they want and it definitely isn’t each other.
Clare is a daughter of a Viscount and she has her cap set on the Duke of Harrington, but if her mother has her way it will be Mr. Meeks. Unfortunately while out with her younger siblings, who are hysterical by the way, Clare falls down and twists her ankle. Unwilling to become a wallflower and lose the interest of her Duke she still goes to a ball that night. Dr. Daniel has been treating an old friend and she doesn’t want to stop her activities she is going to die and she wants to live her last days to its fullest, it also at her ball where Daniel finds a beautiful young woman walking with a twisted ankle. Daniel tells Clare that she needs to stay off her ankle for a month; Claire knows her status among the ton will fall, and as she learns her so called friends are going to be the ones to throw her over. The more Clare learns about Daniel and the more she sees him with her siblings the more she likes him and she doesn’t think she is good enough for him. Daniel quickly falls for Clare but her want to be part of the ton keeps him at bay until he can’t stay away anymore. Clare’s family life and its secrets are exposed and Clare’s reputation gets damaged.
I’m glad I picked up this book and I will get the next ones in the series. There was a nice blend of humor and romance in the setting of the Regency Ton.
**ARC provided by Publisher**