Glitter will publish on June 21, 2021!
Miriam Bathurst, 18, reluctantly leaves behind her beloved 12 year old sister Whitney, who walks with a limp due to a fall from a horse, to move to London with her Uncle Alfred and Aunt Harriet. After their father passed away, the girls were left with his huge gambling debt and a mother who doesn’t pay much attention to either of them. Though Miriam is being sent to London for the marriage mart, she would much rather spend her time reading and writing novels. However, Miriam knows that the only way to support Whitney and her mother is to find a husband, and she is willing to do anything for her sister. Though she misses Whitney, Miriam finds her Aunt Harriet, an American, to be a real hoot and someone with whom she loves to spend company. She also feels a sense of pride from her Uncle Alfred, something she never once felt from her cold, insensitive father. After Miriam makes her appearance with the ton, it seems there are two young men both hoping to make her their bride. The only problem is that the men are half brothers, fiercely competitive, and both devilishly handsome. Lord Ashington has all the women charmed, but he only has his sight set on Miriam, her beauty and spunk captivating his attention. His half brother, Nicholas Compton, however, is merely trying to ruin Ashington’s chance with Miriam, so he begins calling on her as well. Though Compton knows how to impress Miriam, she can see through his game and know he is not courting her for the right reasons. As the half brothers come to call on Miriam, often running into each other, the story becomes rather humorous. And it seems that Lord Ashington is hiding a bit of a surprise from Miriam. A surprise that really makes this story so much more special, in my opinion.
If you are having a Bridgerton hangover and need something to tide you over until the next season is released, then look no further. Abbi Glines has outdone herself, writing a historical regency romance that is both well-written and fabulously researched. This is a slow burn romance with plenty of drama. I also love the huge role that sibling relationships play in the story, whether through the loving relationship of sisters Miriam and Whitney or the combative one of Lord Ashington and Compton. I would highly recommend this entertaining story of elegance, family, and romance.
Thank you to The Next Step PR for the early review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.