From Publishers Weekly
Bolstered by vivid historical details and rich characterizations, this simple yet magical Regency from Farr (Under the Wishing Star
) is best suited for those who prefer their romances sweet rather than spicy. Known in polite society as Frost Fair, Lady Cynthia Fitzwilliam is said to be as cold as she is lovely, but Derek Whittaker, the second son of an aristocratic family, knows differently. He and Cynthia met one night in the corridors of an opera house, where they shared a passionate embrace. When they meet again three years later, it's obvious that their attraction is still strong, but it may not be enough to overcome their biggest obstacle-Cynthia's managing mother. As Derek soon learns, Cynthia's mother intends to marry her daughter off to someone extremely wealthy. Unfortunately, Derek doesn't fit that description. Farr's sure-footed prose falters when she tiptoes into the erotic realm (Derek to Cynthia: "I will try not to rush you. I will try to rein myself in for your sweet sake"), but these scenes are fortunately few and far between. Although tamer, more traditional romances like this one haven't enjoyed the popularity of their more sensual sisters in recent years, this book will remind readers why sweet is sometimes better.
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Derek Whittaker, a charming young man, is the secretary to Lord Stokesdown and, as such, attends quite a few society events. Existing on the fringes does not bother him, nor does the fact that but for a twist of fate his fortunes would be much different. One night at the opera, he explores the theater and spies a vision descending the stairs, a beauty obviously afraid and running from someone. Once he realizes that the apparition is for real, he helps her hide and they share a kiss. What he doesn't know is that she is Cynthia, daughter of an earl and known to all as Frost Fair for her icy manner. Sure enough, when they meet again she rebuffs him. Three years later, older and wiser, she is still being shopped around by her mother for a husband. Derek still isn't rich enough, but this time he's determined to win her in this delightful, heartwarming story of lovers fated to be together. Maria HattonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved