Two years ago, Sophie Greenwood went to
London for her first season with the hopes of finding a husband. However, her season came to an abrupt halt before it even began. Unknown to Sophie, her father Baron Canmore lost all of his money on a business venture, including what had been set aside for her dowry. Things become even worse when her mother foolishly tries to marry her off without telling anyone of the circumstances. The family soon becomes the talk of the ton and Sophie has to flee
After the unfortunate turn of events, the family retires to their country estate, now living just above poverty. Sophie has to endure watching her brother leave for the army and the hardships the new lifestyle brings, along with her mother’s snide comments. She has resigned herself to the destitute future ahead, until her cousin Mariah visits, bringing herhope for a second chance.
Mariah is going to
London for her first season, inviting Sophie to accompany her and stay with her aunt, Lady Sandbourne. Sophie welcomes the chance to escape from her mother and find a reprieve for the summer. Though she doesn’t expect much in terms of finding a suitor, Lady Sandbourne tells Sophie she will have her married before the season’s end. While in
London, Sophie is pursued by a madman who attacks her in the streets, and endures havingher family’s circumstances talked about once again in society. Will Sophie find a man who is interested in her for more than a dowry…or lack thereof?
A RUINED SEASON’S pages are filled with flirting, balls and a bit of mayhem. I sympathized greatly with the heroine’s predicament and treatment. The secondary plot added a bit of a twist to things and the additional romances that spring up make it all the more interesting. Jennifer Mueller always pays such attention to detail in her work, beautifully depicting landscapes and clothing styles, truly bringing the period to life.