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The Vicar's Daughter (Proper Romance) Paperback – April 4, 2017
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1629722804
- ISBN-13 : 978-1629722801
- Dimensions : 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Publisher : Shadow Mountain (April 4, 2017)
- Reading level : 16 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I felt like this book had little attributes of other books, like Cyrano and Taming of the Shrew. Cassie is the last vicar's daughter of 6 and the rule is that the older must marry before the next in line can be out and have a season or seasons. Imagine Cassie's frustration when she is waiting through the third season of her sister Lenora, who is just older than her. Lenora is timid and shy and reserved and can hardly even make it out the vicarage door on nights of social events. How is Cassie ever going to survive waiting? She's 20 and not getting any younger and besides, there's a certain gentleman she's watching and hoping to be able to court soon before he chooses someone else.
After arguing with her mother to try and convince her to let Cassie come out sooner because Lenora will NEVER get married, Cassie's mother suggests Cassie do something to help her sister rather than be angry about the situation.
Help my sister? What a novel idea....hmmmm. (I have 4 daughters so this definitely made me laugh because I live it every day). Cassie's character at the beginning of the book is so self absorbed and demanding. It's all about her wants and needs and what will help her or hinder her. So when she has to take some time to actually think outside her bubble and help her sister it's pretty humorous to see what her first thoughts are. Cassie has some pretty big decisions to make throughout the whole story and I have to say that I truly enjoyed watching her make choices, succeed at some and fail at others. There was a great arc for her character's growth and development. But the great thing is, she wasn't the only character we watched learn and grow.
Cassie and Lenora's relationship is strained but I loved the initial steps Cassie takes and watching their interaction and softening start to happen. But unfortunately pretending to be someone you're not doesn't quite work out in the end. It does tend to back fire and the deception throughout as you try to hide your deception and the guilt that ensues....yeah just doesn't work well does it. Especially for literary characters. But that's exactly what Cassie pursues, and tangles herself up in a lovely web of sticky deceit. Oh it's delicious to watch and read and laugh over the sillier parts but when it all comes crashing down....it's pretty painful and sad. I felt those emotions right along with Cassie because of the way the author writes. I love when an author is able to write in such a way that the reader experiences the emotions and story but is not told how to feel and think and act. That's how I felt about this story.
I loved Cassie a whole lot at the end of the book and loved watching her have those aha moments of growth and change. Where she was willing to accept responsibility for her actions. Her realization that what started out as wanting to help had so many more consequences than just to her or her sister when all was said and done.
Evan was another rather endearing character. He was not the normal "gentleman" of the gentry and I loved watching his transformation throughout. I loved his family and his goodness. I loved that I didn't know who he was going to choose throughout the book. Honestly there are signs that point to who but I was sweating bullets trying to figure it out. Usually we have a formula with a book and it follows right along but oh heavens Cassie and her attempts at matchmaking just have to mess that all up.
I think I've gone on and on and on for a while about this book and need to finish my review because I'm sure you're either skimming and thinking "will it ever end, oh please" or you've just skipped it all anyway. Lol. Last thought (I promise)...I loved the 'letters'!!!! My husband and I had a bit of an unconventional romance and 'courtship' (yeah I love that word). We had a fun first meeting and then had a long distance relationship for a few months. So a lot of our courtship was phone calls and letters. I have to say I LIVED for those letters and phone calls. The letters were just something so special. My mom grew up in a small (small, small, small) farming community and about 5 miles away from the bigger(small, small) town where the post office was. So to help the smaller communities, especially farming families to not have to travel to town all the time, my grandmother was the PostMaster in their small, little ville. She had an extra room on their house and had a little store in it as well as the Post Office. Oh it was such a magical thing to go to the store or visit with the people who lived there as they came to get their mail. My grandma understood the importance of mail and letters and was an avid letter writer her whole life. We wrote letters to each other the whole time she was alive and it is such a treasured memory in my life. So exchanging letters had always equated to something wonderful and exciting in my life and then to turn those letters into love letters and....*sigh*. So for me the letters were a high point in the story. I'm sure you all wanted to hear all those rambling memories but, you got em.
If you are debating about reading it, I say take the plunge and do so! It was fun and full of great moments! I'd recommend for YA and up!
Content: Clean. One character talks about going to visit London and some of the shadier areas. But it's nothing graphic, just referring to going there.
My own personal copy.
Cassie longs to be out in society but because of her parents rules, she must wait until her sister, Lenora, finds a husband. The problem is that Lenora is so painfully shy that she avoids social events whenever possible. After hearing about an encounter between Lenora and Evan Glenside at the latest ball, Cassie decides that this may be her chance to help her sister find a match. What she doesn't expect however is to fall for Evan herself. And like most such deceptions, the truth comes out eventually, but not until things have moved far enough along between Evan and Lenora that a scandal results. And now Cassie, Lenora, and Evan, as well as their families must live with the consequences.
I really enjoyed getting to know Cassie and Evan, the letters were especially fun. But it's especially touching to watch Cassie as she grows up and starts to think more about others. And poor Evan, what a sweet man, who is having to not only adjust to a rise in social status, but now he must face a damaged reputation. Thankfully, Cassie works hard to try to undo as much of the damage as she can. Not only has Kilpack written a beautiful romance, but also a touching story of repentance and forgiveness and the need we all have to change and improve. This book is definitely going on my favorites shelf.