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On her way to nowhere in particular, Charlotte meets up with Harry and Camilla Brown, the adult children of her father’s poor, alcoholic tenant. Harry is on the lam, and Camilla is along for the ride. Harry and Camilla plan to sail to America and eventually join an uncle in Cutter’s Creek, Montana Territory. Having no other plan, Charlotte decides to go to America, too.
Charlotte and the Browns go their separate ways during the boat trip (she travels incognito in first class; they travel as themselves in steerage). However, unfortunate circumstances, and Charlotte’s attraction to Harry (which is reciprocated), make Charlotte decide to stay close to the siblings in NYC, and later join them on the wagon train trip from Independence, Missouri, to Cutter’s Creek.
Throughout most of the novel, Charlotte and Harry remain conflicted about their feelings for each other, mostly because of the great differences in their social and economic backgrounds. Will they ever get together, especially after Charlotte becomes involved with another man in Cutter’s Creek?
Vivi Holt is a wonderful writer who tells a great story. The characters and plot kept me interested until the last chapter. Yes, there were a few things I questioned. For example: ice cream sundaes did not exist until 1881, when a man named Ed Berners created the first sundae on a Sunday at his ice cream parlor in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Milkshakes first made their debut around 1885; oddly enough, the original milkshakes also contained whiskey. In 1868, it would take days rather than hours to get from NYC to Missouri. And I don’t think oxen can roll their eyes in displeasure. Rolling one’s eyes seems to be a human mannerism rather than an animal one.
However, I loved reading this novel. And the “glitches” I mentioned above were not serious enough to throw me out of the story or to spoil my enjoyment of reading it. I received an ARC of this book in return for an unbiased review, and I have purchased an e-copy for my Kindle. If I were to give this story a letter grade, it would be an A minus, but one still worthy of a five star rating.
America is where the siblings decide to go and Lady Charlotte decides it is a good place to hide from her parents and the man she was forced to be engaged to.
Now add in trouble in New York where Lady Charlotte has most of her valuables stolen and no experience in working and the brother, the hero, gets himself into trouble again and they find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime travelling across the country to Montana Territory to Cutter's Creek to where the siblings have relatives.
A long journey indeed and the adventure of a lifetime, a budding romance between the classes of England's society, one that Lady Charlotte, our heroine, just can't see but for the sake of properties they pretend to be married and traveling with his sister.
Vivian writes of two adventures, and the loss of having to leave their families, their beloved England, their families and all they have ever known. Add in making two classes is society come together for all their sakes and of course a budding but unattainable romance, at least in our heroines eyes.
I loved this story which is as good a full length novel in this series of shorter stories, and another one I could not put down.
Since reading her first story in this series, Vivi Holt is another new favorite authors. I highly recommend this book and I am sure you won't be disappointed.
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