Captain Stephen Overtree has been sent on a task to find and bring home his irresponsible older brother who once again has taken off to find inspiration for his paintings. When he arrives in Devonshire, however, he is surprised to learn that his brother has up and sailed for Italy leaving everything behind, including a heartbroken, beautiful young lady. Upon further investigation, Stephen learns that he has left the lady in a scandalous situation and for some weird reason, wanting to protect her reputation and his brothers, Stephen offers to marry her (in name only of course).
Sophie Dupont is crushed. Fully believing that Wesley Overtree loved and was planning to marry her, she realizes to late that his creative, impulsive ways were not to be trusted after all. But should she wait to see if he will realize his mistake and return to her, or elope with this stern Captain and save her reputation, hoping she will not live to regret it?
As usual, I was so excited to see another story for Klassen. I love the time period she writes about and how her stories usually have quite a few twists and turns than what they originally seem like they will have. Though I feel like she has used the "unmarried pregnant girl" a little too much, I still loved this story. I just love the small historical details that she includes that make her stories feel so much deeper and I also love that none of her characters are set up to look perfect... Anyway, all that to say if you enjoy stories from the regency period, Julie Klassen is the way to go :-)
Thank you so much to Bethany House Publishers for a free book to read and review.