Diana is a part of a group of young ladies who call themselves the Book Club Belles. In this book the girls are reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. Unfortunately I haven't read Persuasion but from the snippets in this book, the story lines were very similar. Diana connects quite a bit with the main female character of the Jane Austen novel. She is quiet and very proper.
Sherry (Nathaniel Sherringham) is the opposite of quiet and polite Diana. He is wild and doesn't care about rules. He falls in love with Diana before the events of the book and completely botches a proposal because he is drunk. A little miscommunication after the proposal and the two don't see each other until the book starts three years later.
The story really focuses on Diana coming out of her shell and learning to stand up for herself and her wants. I felt for Sherry because the feelings were there, but he made mistakes in showing it. The physical relationship is calm at first and gets spicy towards the end, but what I really liked was Jayne Fresina's in depth look into each characters' feelings. She really made the events play out cleanly and at a good pace.
I enjoyed the diversified cast of this book. There were several characters that were eccentric and wild and some who were strict and proper. It made the book come alive for me and relate a little more to Diana's situation. The story never had me laughing out loud but a I did chuckle a time or two. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Jayne Fresina. The heat level was on the low side for a historical romance, but I liked it. I'm glad to have found another author I enjoy.
**ARC provided by Publisher**