To avoid the taint of her mother’s scandalous reputation, Miss Kate Frazer stifles her naturally high spirits to become a model of propriety. But when she is rewarded with a suitor who cares only for her dowry—and leaves her waiting at the altar on her wedding day—Kate determines that she will live as she chooses. Her first adventure will be a trip to London under an assumed name to enjoy the city’s delights. And woe to anyone who stands in her way—particularly her fiancé…
Lucius Calfield wasn’t looking forward to wedlock with the tediously suitable Kate Frazer. Still, he is chagrined when a violent storm makes him late for the ceremony. But embarrassment turns to astonishment when he finds that his fiancée has vanished entirely! And that is the least of the surprises his unaccountably changed—and unexpectedly irresistible bride—has in store…
Over all I liked this book and enjoyed reading it. The hero and the heroine are very likable characters and I loved to see how they grow to respect and love each other - despite their rather, well, let's say...spectacular...start with an abandoned bride and a missing groom and...well, that kind of thing.
Kate is a very sweet person and you feel with her when she finally stretches her wings and starts to live. I liked Lucius as well because he respected her wishes and just accepted the situation as a kind of challenge instead of shipping her back home to her father even though it is not always easy for him to go along with her ideas and wishes.
My problem was that reality reared its ugly head far too often and asked me how this or that was possible and I couldn't really fall for the book as I usually do because of that evne though I still enjoyed it. This may sound stupid or fussy and it doesn't happen to me very often but in this case it did and it spoiled the book a bit for me when I always thought why this or that was possible or how Kate might have done something. There were just a bit too many inconsistencies that kept popping up that I couldn't ignore them despite the nice story.
Apart from that though, the book is a nice and easy read with many twists and turns, well written and enjoyable.