When Julian Trentham went to the house of the man who’s courting his half-sister he expected to find his mistress or wife not the headstrong sister with charmingly mismatched eyes and soft tawny hair being harassed out of her home. He needs to hire a part-time governess for his younger siblings and companion for his stepmother and Christiana Daventry is conveniently available. But there is something endearing about her that Julian cannot help his mounting attraction for the penniless governess.
Lord Braybrook propositioned her! And on the verge of being evicted from her home and thrown out in the streets his offer was too good to pass up so Christy agreed. She was to become a governess and companion. And if she can dissuade his half-sister from the folly of marrying her brother that would be most rewarding. She can’t be attracted to the lord of the manor. She can’t feel like she is part of the family. She can’t feel that she is more than a paid companion. Then why isn’t her heart listening?
Christy reminds me of a girl scout; smart, resourceful and level-headed. She knows what she has to do it and she does it. She’s kind and she doesn’t hesitate to express that kindness no matter who it is. She has a way of doing things and I like that she’s no push-over. She’s definitely not some simpering woman who waits to be saved. Christy is Christy. And she saves herself. Christy has some confidence issues that could be solved by someone who’s confident and doesn’t second guess himself like Braybrook.
Julian was a mystery to me from Max’s story to Richard’s and it made me look forward to reading his. At first he was a mysterious seducer out to have a scandal with Max’s wife then he turned out to be a chivalrous rake who wanted nothing more than to help his friend’s wife. When he appeared on Richard’s story he became more subtle. He displayed his sense of humor, even a little. And his character became broader on how he interacts with his family especially towards his siblings. He’s very protective to a point that I think it’s maddening for his family. But then that’s just Julian.
Christy and Julian’s story was like watching two people do the cha-cha-cha. It’s a series of moving forward and backward, a lot of shuffling and slides. And it becomes a mess when partners don’t move together in harmony with each other. But once they get into the grove and loose themselves into the music it becomes a courtship dance, simple but beautiful.