I glanced down. The hem of my emerald gown was soaked, and my feet still had sand on them. I turned a shy gaze back to him. “I am sure no lady at court would be caught with a wet hem or bare feet.” Alex took both my hands into his own and spun me around, laughing. “Perhaps not, but why do you think I am always so eager to return to you?” I gave a half-hearted smile. “My father says it is time for me to learn the ways of a proper lady. After all, it is only a matter of time before the one I am pledged to comes for me.” (8)
Amelia lives along the seashore, balancing her love for her father and her frustration at his next marriage, and her nervousness about her betrothal to a man she has never met with her love for her childhood-friend Alex.
After her father’s unexpected death shortly after his second marriage, one loss follows another for the crushed Amelia–loss of life and friendship, and the loss of her beauty after an accident with the kitchen fire. As her stepsister and mother endeavor to take everything she calls her own, Amelia bravely tries to except the fact that her scars have rendered her undesirable as a wife for any man.
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This is good book, but it is very romantic–which I guess I should have expected from the title! 🙂 And there is kissing before marriage, which might bother some of my friends who are saving their first kiss for their wedding; but other than that the romance was well-handled.
It is a sweet book, like Miss Good said; not to mention short: I read it in two days! It was very interesting to think about having watched the Disney Cinderella so many times recently! 🙂
Anyone else read this book, or anything else by Sarah Holman?
P.S. The flowers are courtesy of my reader Skylar, in the comments of this post. ✿
P.P.S. The Kindle app on my computer belongs to another user, and getting that quote between users was really fun! 🙂