About Lily of the Valley
Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tight-knit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting―until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.
Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly façade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.
I love a good series. And I’m really loving this one by Sarah M Eden. The first book is Forget Me Not. You definitely want to read that one first. I’m loving the way there are little easter eggs in this series that connect it to her other series’. It just makes it even more fun to read these books.
I loved Kester. He’s the kind of guy who just wants to be on his own. Kes wants to read, to learn, to invent. But at the same time, he wants to spend time with his friends, The Gents. Kes is the kind of guy you can tell a secret to and you know he’ll keep it. But he makes mistakes too. That makes him feel all the more real.
I loved Violet too. Violet’s character made me just a bit sad. She once heard a preacher say that one needed to be sunny or silent. She took that as her motto. And while it’s great to be happy, sometimes you just need to recognize that it’s okay to be sad as well. I loved the way she had a problem that she wanted to fix, and instead of deciding an older man should fix it, she tried her hardest to fix it herself.
It was so fun to see The Gents again! I love each and every one of them. And I can’t wait for the next book in this series to see what happens next!
I was sent a copy of Lily of the Valley as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.