Some say I do not take my engagements seriously. Nonsense. What man with no interest in marriage would find himself proposing not once, but three times? And each time, I’ve felt certain that this, at last, is the absolutely, positively, perfect woman.
Miss Felicia Whitingdon, for instance, has youth, beauty, style, grace—and a handsome fortune. Lady Lucille Eustice is a widow of impeccable social standing, and a balm to my soul. Then there is Miss Caroline Hibbit, sweet and charming in every way. Any one of these intoxicating treasures could make a man happy. Any one of them could be an ideal wife. But which—if any of them—will it be?
Lord Stillwell is excited to be engaged. His parents thank that he might be too young at 25 but he's certain that Felicia is the one....only she's not.
A few years later Win is excited once again because he's chosen a fiance this time who is utterly sensible and beautiful as well. Unfortunately, he once again finds that Lucille isn't the one for him either.
Caroline is the one. Yes, he's now 30 years old and has a good head on his shoulders. He's found a great girl and he's anxious for the wedding. *sigh* Yeah, that one isn't going to happen either.
All of these women were great and at the time of the engagements Win is certain that this one is the one...kind of. In this novella we read about a nice, honorable man who wants to get married and is consistently thwarted. I liked how we got to see Win grow through the years and what he looked for in a wife change as well. I felt for him each time the engagements didn't work out but we could see, as readers, that it just wasn't meant to be.
I can't wait to read the novel that has Win finally finding his HEA (comes out in February). I think it will be a great read – just as this was a novella not to be missed.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5