Today I have the third book in a series that I have enjoyed: Finding Miss McFarland from Vivienne Lorret. This is part of a Tasty Book Tour, so be sure to check the other tour stops and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win Digital Set of DARING MISS DANVERS and WINNING MISS WAKEFIELD.
The third, and my personal favorite of the series, Delaney McFarland is an absolute delight and her fears and worries, and utter discomfiture when faced with the very eligible and very standoffish Griffin Croft. Fortunately for this couple, there are also several very mischievous siblings and a young foundling in training who are sure to keep the couple in close proximity as often as possible.
Delaney’s debut was delayed for further ‘buffing’ of her rough edges, as far as society is concerned she is a topic of gossip from her father’s generous dowry and her rather inglorious debut when, after arriving late and being accosted by some particularly loathsome cousins, she cast up her accounts all over the polished shoes of the heir to the Earldom, Griffin Croft. Putting her beleaguered stomach up to nerves and some horribly soured punch, Delaney’s sole focus is to find a man to wed her, yet allow her separate home and hearth, and half of her generous dowry returned for her to manage.
Griffin’s father is ill, and as the next in line for the title, he must marry and produce a male heir to be certain his sisters and mother will be cared for after his father’s death. He is to inherit from an uncle, who has rarely had a kind word or thought for his named heir: a right bully of a man who found Griffin the boy a shy and retiring sort, too willing to struggle to please him.
The story is a simple game of cat and mouse: from Delaney’s attempts to avoid Griffin at all society events, to developing a friendship with his all too meddlesome sisters and her own younger sister, far too ready to play in the game of matchmaker. Delaney has watched her parent’s marriage suffer from love taking a back seat to want of money, and she is afraid to chance love should she end up unhappy and in the colonies nursing sick relations as her mother has done. Bright, caring and tendency to speak without filter, Delaney has determined to do good for those who aren’t offered a chance, and can only do that with control of her own fortune.
Griffin is determined not to just marry because he must. His parent’s relationship is loving, caring and an example to what he desires. But no woman sparks an interest. At least until a flame haired, violet eyed debutante disgraced herself at her debut. From hinking of her in passing, to finding her constantly on his mind – Griffin will give up the need for an heir and securing his family circumstances if only to have Delaney by his side, forever.
Vivienne Lorret created a story rich in detail and emotion, with characters who all have believable and solid reasons for not wanting attachments, but presenting them with an attraction and simpatico that is hard for even them to deny. With clever moments of humor inset with the machinations of the characters to meet or avoid one another, and a cross country six day flight from her fears, this story is both captivating and quick reading. Each story in this series has a clever female lead, but Delaney with her self-censoring, quick temper, and even more determined sense of purpose makes her a favorite of mine.
Title: Finding Miss McFarland
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Series: Wallflower Weddings #3
Also in this series: Winning Miss Wakefield, Daring Miss Danvers, Tempting Mr. Weatherstone
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Fans of historical romance authors Lorraine Heath and Sophie Jordan will adore Vivienne Lorret's latest Wallflower Wedding novel.
Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.
Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.