I have been eagerly awaiting Montgomery's story ever since his character was introduced. His sweet and innocent fascination with the land of Faery has made his love story with a future lass highly anticipated. We witnessed his mischievous and boisterous youth in Dreams of Stardust and started to see him mature in When I Fall in Love. And in One Enchanted Evening we are rewarded with him fully grown into a sweet, kind, chivalrous, and rightfully swoon-worthy de Piaget hero. He has just started work on Sedgwick, which is in even worse condition than Nicholas faced with Wickham... There are his cousins to contend with, who are not happy in the least that he has inherited their home. It is just as he is confronted by one of these foes that there is a shimmering at the end of his drawbridge. And he knows what that means, having witnessed enough other "Faery" happenings in the past.
Persephone Josephine Alexander (aka Pippa) is the daughter of free-loving, hippy-trippy parents. She is sister to Moonbeam, Peaches, Tess, Cinderella and Valerie. She is a costume designer who is on the brink of breaking into the fashion world; her niche just happens to be medieval/fairy-tale costumes. Then karma starts running amok in her life. First, her apartment burns down with her large stash of fabric and sewing supplies. Second, her parents arrive, towing along with them her pain-in-the-arse older sister and always center of attention, Cinderella. But there is one thing good coming, Pippa is preparing to depart for England, to costume a little girl's birthday party at Tess's medieval castle, which just so happens to be Sedgwick, Montgomery's castle. And we know that there are plenty of "paranormal oddities" to be found in the English countryside.
It is incredibly endearing to have a character so beloved like Montgomery find his happily ever after. His love story is not an easy one but while the ultimate path is predictable, it is not so in any way to take away from the story. (I was happy to find a heroine unlike the previous couple who is not constantly overwhelmed with tears.) There are many many sappy smile inducing moments. *sigh* Lynn Kurland sure knows how to paint heroes that make you pine for them and one real-live one of your own. Montgomery has been added to the high ranks of my favorites. And Robin's cameo appearance made him even more endearing that I had to go back and read his story again once I finished OEE. (What a smart tool this interweaving of stories is... because even if you've read the prior books, the characters reappearances make you want to enjoys theirs all over again.) Kendrick and Genevieve, Megan and Gideon de Piaget, Robin and Anne, Jackson and Amanda, Jennifer and Nicholas, Mary and Zachary, plus our favorite ghosts make reappearances here.
Enjoy this enchanting romance and savor every word. One Enchanted Evening is a wonderful escapist read. I didn't want to come back... ;-) I am purposely vague in my plot summary-- I didn't want to give anything away! First time readers, there is no reason this couldn't be your first LK foray. While other characters are mentioned, you don't need to know their back story to understand and enjoy this story. I envy you reading an LK book for the first time; you have many lovely stories to read after this, whereas I have to wait another year for a new one! :-p
For more on: Robin and Anne- If I Had You Kendrick and Genevieve- Stardust of Yesterday Jackson and Amanda- Dreams of Stardust Jennifer and Nicholas- When I Fall in Love Megan and Gideon- The Three Wise Ghosts (in Christmas Spirits or Love Came Just in Time anthology) Zachary and Mary- Til There Was You Tess- One Magic Moment