A Wonderful Regency Romp!

Penelope (Fairweather Sisters #1)
by Anya Wilde (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 302 pages, published January 13, 2013

GoodReads Summary:
Penelope Fairweather from rural Finnshire arrives in London with a hopeful heart. The dowager invites her for a season to catch a husband. Unfortunately, Penelope's rustic finesse is as delicate as a fat bear ripping apart a honeycomb infested with buzzing bees. Fake mustaches, highwaymen, pickpockets, and a devilishly handsome duke follow.

My Review:
First Response: This was a delightful Regency romp! Lighthearted and humorous with lots of laughable bungling by a most heartwarming character. Full review soon.

I don't usually like to do much summarizing of the story, but the summary above really doesn't do the story justice. So here are a few more bits of information.

The Dowager Duchess and Penelope's mother were friends while "at school". The Dowager Duchess promised her friend she would look after her daughter if anything happened, never thinking anything would happen. But Penelope's mother died and the Dowager Duchess kept her promise. She invited Penelope to London for a season to give her a chance to find a husband. She had no idea Penelope was such a country bumpkin when she did so. But she stood by her promise even when Penelope appeared with a pet goat and a story about making friends with a highwayman. And when it was thoroughly apparent she really was not ready for a season with the ton; she and her daughter, Anne, another staunch Penelope supporter, threw themselves into the effort of preparing the girl for the season.

Madame Bellefraunde, the exclusive modiste, became another of Penelope's admirers. She prepared a wardrobe for Penelope like no other and helped out with her training as well. Madame had her own secrets to keep, so she was a natural for Team Penelope. But having secrets and being a keen observer, Penelope notices things others do not. It's not long before she uncovers Madame's deep secrets. Those may not be safe to know.

And who, you might wonder is on the other team? Charles Radclyff, Duke of Blackthorne is the other team. He takes an instant dislike to this disheveled country bumpkin who is taking up his mother's time and causing constant havoc in his home. A goat for a pet? Speaking with criminals? No manners. Her clothes. And her hair! Is there nothing she can do properly? Not if the Duke is about.

Not exactly on the Duke's team, but definitely not on Team Penelope, is Lady Lydia Snowy, fiance to the Duke. She doesn't want Penelope anywhere near him. She sees the little things as things change. As Penelope starts to change from country bumpkin to bright and beautiful young woman. And she sees as the Duke starts to notice these changes and can't help liking what he sees, even though he won't let go of his rigid standards.

It takes a near disaster to get through to Charles, but we do get our HEA in the end. This book stays on my bookshelf to be read again. And I've added the other two books in the series as well, though I haven't had a chance to read them as yet. I highly recommend Penelope to those of you who enjoy Regency romances with an unlikely heroine. A Regency romp!

This was obtained through Book Bub and Amazon. This is an honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review