Regency Silk and Scandal
Imogen Hebden was on her first and last season in an attempt to find herself a husband. Being on society with a dowry close to nothing and very little to recommend yourself was a poor foundation for a start. Not only was she a spinster in the making, Imogen has the habit of making a spectacle of herself consciously or not. To make matters worse, her reputation as her father’s daughter and her mother’s offspring is greatly dented.
Until Viscount Mildenhall comes into the picture. He not only accused her of trying to bait him but he also formed an ill opinion of her, as loose woman. So what then was he on about asking her hand in marriage when he clearly doesn’t like her?
The Viscount and the Virgin, for me, reminds us readers that assuming too much leads to a lot misunderstandings.
Midge, Imogen Hebden, assumed that Monty, Viscount Mildenhall, never wanted her in the first place. That the only reason he choose her was because she was convenient, indispensable. Yes, she have no reservations that he desires her but that doesn’t mean he loves her.
Monty, on the other hand, after realizing his mistake after guessing the truth about Midge’s character thought he could make up for his short-comings and eventually stay true to himself. He is in love with his wife but after assuming her to be in love with someone else, Monty choose not to lay his heart at her feet.
Their story continues with a whirlpool of other assumptions which could have been solved if they explained to the other what is what. I enjoyed their story although it was bit fast but then again with Midge and Monty they do need a fast pace.
I don’t often pay attention to other characters but I was drawn to Rick, Midge’s step-brother, and I find myself hoping he had his own story.
And of course the gypsy half-brother Stephen who in my mind is the mysterious and dark stranger. There’s something more about him that meets the eye and again I wished he had a story of his own.
Maybe Rick and Stephen have their own happily every after I just haven’t found it yet. Better see Miss Burrows book list…