Adorable is what this novella by Kathleen Kimmel is! It's book #1.5 in the Birch Hall Romance series, and it's well worth reading. There were so many scenes that would just make me smile from the cuteness.
Lady Eddie is a wallflower, but not by choice. Her mother is controlling and only ever points out Eddie's faults. The poor girl unfortunately has a low self esteem and no nerve to fight her mother and her dictates. Eddie's mother sets her focus on one particular lord who is about three times Eddie's age, and Eddie likes the idea because she doesn't feel she deserves more.
Mr. Blackwood (Ezekiel) is very close to a regency era Sheldon Cooper, but he isn't annoying. He is socially awkward and all of society finds him strange. At the young age of twenty he isn't looking for a wife and no one is nagging at him to settle down. The only exception is his cousin, who detects Ezekiels affections for Lady Eddie.
Because of their shy natures, the romance between these two is just too cute! Kimmel made the two so very perfect for each other that you're rooting for the match from the very beginning. Along with this adorable romance, Kimmel throws in a little sub plot and a dash excitement at the end.
It's my best understanding that the events in this book take place before the first in the series, A Lady's Guide to Ruin, but you can read either first and no spoiling will happen. This novella was a wonderful follow up to Kathleen Kimmel's debut, and I cannot wait to continue the series.
**ARC provided by Publisher**