Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tight-knit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting—until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.
Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly facade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.
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Sarah M. Eden is a master storyteller! I’ll be honest, I was surprised at how much I loved Kes’ story and his quiet strength. This group, The Gents, need him but Kes worries they don’t and will forget him. Nothing like a house party to bring everyone together! Just what an introvert needs.
Kes meets Violet in a surprising meet cute. He’s their new neighbor and Violet is intrigued by him. She quickly becomes friends Julia. Julia is the main character in the first book of the series, Forget Me not. These books can be read as a stand alone but for better appreciation, I think it should be read in order.
Violet is unlike most in society, her father is from trade and she tries to stay cheerful for those around her. But sometimes life is hard and stressful and who can she turn to? To cheer her up? Be kind to others no matter how they look. ❤️
Violet and Kes form an interesting partnership which I really enjoyed. The romance is so sweet and tender.
I received an e-arc from the author and publisher. These are my own thoughts and opinions and I definitely can’t wait to read more in the series!!