Her Lessons in Persuasion

Avon. (A School for Scoundrels, Bk. 1). Jan. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780063224186. pap. $9.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Lady Wilhelmina “Mina” Bettesford is an astronomer, trying to avoid marriage at all costs before receiving her inheritance and dedicating her life to the stars. Unfortunately, Mina’s widowed father suddenly marries, and her stepmother convinces barrister Bram Townsend to pretend he is courting Mina, hoping this will heighten the interest of more eligible men from the London aristocracy. Bram agrees to help Mina fend off suitors and family expectations and soon finds Mina is his match. As a barrister, Bram enjoys debating, and Mina refuses to back down from any argument. She has strong opinions and the backbone to stand up for them, judging others based on their own merits instead of society’s standards. Rather than declare his love for her, Bram understands Mina must change her own views on marriage and love before they have a chance at a future together.
VERDICT Frampton’s (Four Weeks of Scandal) series starter showcases two fiercely headstrong protagonists playfully matching wits. Bram’s quirky friends are immensely fun, adding generous amounts of humor to the romance, and fans will be excited to see each of their stories revealed in future installments.
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