Feature book: The Summer Bride
The Summer Bride by Anne Gracie
It is Daisy’s turn to find love no matter how resistant she is to the idea, but she goes down fighting for her independence.
Daisy Chance is not interested in participating in the season. She just wants to sew dresses for the wealthy and open a shop. She spends many hours sewing her signature clothing items. She has many more orders that she can handle but feels that she should do all the work herself. She does have others help her from time to time but Daisy is more than fiercely independent. Daisy feels that her leg, broken years ago and never set properly, is a good enough reason to not dance and have her season. She prefers to hide and sew.
Patrick Flynn has money to burn. His latest shipload has some cloth that Daisy may appreciate for her clothing venture, and he takes her to the ship. Flynn is entertained by how Daisy ducks out of events and is more than happy to join her as he is not a fan of these events. Flynn decides it is time to marry. He has the perfect candidate. When he kisses Lady Elizabeth, it is odd and he says it is like kissing a fish. He then kisses Daisy and this upends his world. Daisy tells it like it is, and Flynn realises that Lady Elizabeth may not like men after all, but is willing to help her escape to Italy. But it is Lady Elizabeth holding a teapot that makes Flynn realise what he really wants in a wife.
Flynn tries to make Daisy’s life easier for her but it gets him into all types of trouble as Daisy takes it the wrong way. He tries to fix it so that her favourite shoes have an insert that will assist her when she dances. Daisy takes that the wrong way until she realises the gesture was a caring one and was designed to make her happy. When she understands this, she realises how loving the gesture was.
This couple are friendly but the others, Lady Beatrice and her adopted sisters are all hoping she will see what is in front of her and take what is being offered.
Daisy is conscious of her working class background and this impacts upon all her decisions. Daisy tries not to care about what society thinks but is always being reminded now that she is Lady Beatrice’s ‘niece’. Flynn is also conscious of his beginnings but doesn’t care as to what others think. In this the pair are very suited. Flynn has the backing and the money to not worry what others think, and he can protect Daisy.
I’m sad. I’m sad that this is the last book for the Chance sisters. However, I am happy all the girls found their HEA and with men who love them for who they are and not because of their background. I am happy that I was able to be on this journey with the sisters. Love, love this story.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.