How To Win a Wallflower

Forever: Grand Central. (Rebels with a Cause, Bk. 3). Dec. 2022. 384p. ISBN 9781538704509. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Lady Charlotte Stirling is sister to a duke, close cousin to the King of England, and a very busy woman about town. She has longed for solitary inventor John Barnesworth for ages and turned down the most proposals any debutante has received in two decades because his was not among them. When he inherits his brother’s title, he not only becomes Lord Harrow but the holder of a vast amount of debt. Good thing Charlotte’s house is just on the other side of his garden wall as he will need a woman who can plan her way out of most problems. As befits Charlotte’s whirlwind ways, their story is plot-full and buzzes along as the two fall deeply in love and navigate her family’s concerns, his vulnerabilities, and a host of issues and roadblocks, some treated with too little cognizance of their real-world harm.
VERDICT In her third “Rebels with a Cause” Regency romance (following How To Deceive a Duke), Parish wields a deft hand with dialogue, characterization, and plotting. Readers will quickly fall into the love story of this extrovert/introvert pair and become emotionally caught up in their personal struggles. The novel assumes familiarity with the series, so start readers with the first installment, How To Survive a Scandal.
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