Feature book: An Unsuitable Match
David Radley is the son of a duke. He is in fact the illegitimate son and his half-brother will actually inherit the title. David has been accepted by his father and his stepmother since he was a baby and is a beloved member of the family. After his brother marries, David is at a loose end as he no longer has his drinking and carousing buddy. His father buys him a property so that he has something for the future. David desperately wants to make the property a success as this will give him the opportunity to woo Clarice. David has had her in his sights for many a year. In fact David accidentally sent Clarice a letter telling her of his love but thinks that she will not accept his suit and her father will turn his suit down. Which her father does do. But Clarice’s father has a purpose in doing so. What he hadn’t realised was that he would need David’s help much sooner and in circumstances he didn’t anticipate.
David has become sick of the season lifestyle and knows that he will never be accepted into many of the ton families due to his illegitimate birth. David does find out more about his birth and is shocked to find out the circumstances.
Clarice is the daughter of an earl. Her father is very protective of his daughter, especially as the title will pass on to a distant relative. Clarice holds two secrets, ones that impact upon how she views herself and about her mother’s death. She is finally able to reveal both secrets to David as he becomes her protector.
In this story, we also meet some of the characters from Letter to a Rake and we are able to find out what happened to David and Clarice. Again we have the family who all like each other and are loving towards each other, which makes a pleasant change.
This is a pleasant read and a great follow-up to Ms Cottman’s debut. But we are left with another hook for the next story. Bring on Lucy’s story!
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.