A Regency romance which was very important after all the mystery suspense books I've been reading. It was so necessary to get me back into the spirit of reading.
Abigail is living with her grandmother. Abigail also stutters and for this era it is considered a disability and a huge liability in the scheme of finding a marriage partner and considering that this was considered the sole purpose of young women it did pose a handicap for Abigail. Under strict instructions not to talk because when she did, she was described as simple or worse stupid.
We have the local manor and a new occupant - a complete outsider to the village a man who was a Captain in the Army, just back from the Napoleonic wars and one not conversant with running a grand house in the manner it should be done. He has his mother and sister with him and he knows that despite his wealth, he has to find acceptance within the community if he is to make a happy life for himself.
Falling for Abigail was not part of the plan and competing with the local vicar for her attentions was also not in his plan. How the romance proceeds and eventually comes to a lovely end is this story.
Light reading, with the accent on Abigail's stutter was a bit unusual and highlights society which only accepted the norm.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Covenant Communications