Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. He has always protected his former neighbor and childhood companion, and now that she is of marriageable age, he will give her what she needs most – a real home where she is welcome and wanted. Unfortunately for him… she is done with being dutiful.
After years of being an obedient daughter to a hateful father, Francesca jumps into her first Season. Francesca is ready to dance every dance, flirt with every bachelor and snatch what she wants most – a man she loves who will make her swoon. Unfortunately for her… he now sees making her swoon as his duty, too. And Phillip takes his duties very seriously. (Goodreads)
I’m not normally a novella fan, but I’ve been short of time recently so have found myself reading more than normal. A DELIGHTFUL ARRANGEMENT is a light-hearted and dare I say, it ‘delightful’ romance.
The story sucks you in and whirls you away immediately. The main characters are fun, endearing and adorable. I actually wished the story had been longer because I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Francesca’s determination to find a man who makes her swoon, is as humorous as Phillip’s determination to be the man to do it. I loved the fact they were childhood best friends and are both unaware of their own real feelings for one another. It made their love story really heart-warming. Maybe their sudden decision to get married for real was slightly abrupt. But it didn’t matter as you are just so happy for them.
Francesca (Franny), is full of feist, and I can’t say I blame her, what woman wants to marry out of duty? I loved watching Phillip fall first, determined to capture the oblivious Franny’s heart. I always like it when the man falls first, it’s good to keep them on their toes!
Chastity, Franny’s best friend adds depth to the story, she’s funny and realises right from the beginning that Franny and Phillip are meant to be together. This story is the first Cecilia Gray I’ve read and she really does have a lovely writing style, bringing the fairytale magic you want from a historical romance.
You really can’t go wrong with this cute little novella. It’s a lovely, historical romance about two best friends falling in love. Grab your reading glasses, snuggle down and enjoy the ride.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- A Delightful Arrangement
- An Illicit Engagement
- A Dangerous Expectation
- A Flirtatious Rendezvous
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