by Jane Fresina
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Source: ARC sent by publisher
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
"Wanted: one husband, not too particular. Small dowry, several books, sundry furnishings, and elderly aunt included. Idlers, time-wasters, and gentlemen with other attachments need not apply."
Scarred in a childhood accident, Sophia Valentine doesn't expect any takers on her ad for a husband in the Farmer's Gazette, until the mysterious Lazarus Kane shows up at her door. To Sophia, he is an exciting, enigmatic stranger. But Lazarus has known Sophia for years and has come a long way to find her. Things are about to get complicated for the mischievous Miss Valentine.
This historical romance was cute and sweet, and a great light read for the summer. At times it felt a bit sluggish though, and I felt like I was reading too many details and not enough substance.
The main characters were quite cute. Both had a slight mischievous impish-ness about them that was a lot of fun to read about. The secondary characters were the ones that I felt a bit dragged down by. I didn't need to know quite so many details about them, and they weren't really that nice to Sophie!
The advertisement itself is so cute, you can read it in the summary above. I love that Sophie wrote it in a fit of spite against her family, especially her sister in law. The actual reveal of the advertisement within the story is adorable and unexpected.
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5
Bottom Line: A fun, light beach read, great for summer!