First off, many thanks to Melanie Dickerson, who kindly provided me with a copy of A Viscount’s Proposal. Melanie first introduced the Langdon family in A Spy’s Devotion, book 1 of the Regency Spies of London series. This second Regency Spies book is the story of Leorah Langdon and Edward, Viscount Withinghall.
Edward and much of society describe Leorah as reckless and unconventional. But keep in mind that this is Regency-era England. She’s simply less willing to simper over a gentleman or sit and demurely embroider handkerchiefs. Leorah likes galloping through fields on her horse and intends to marry for no other reason than love. If that makes her a hoyden, then she’s just fine with that label.
When a carriage accident causes a scandal and damages their reputations, Leorah refuses to solve the problem by marrying Edward – despite the propriety-conscious viscount’s proposal. Leorah and Edward’s relationship has always been contentious, so her refusal isn’t a surprise. However, as they work to stem the gossip and social repercussions of their accident, both are surprised to realize that their feelings toward one another are changing.
I loved this story! It echoes Pride and Prejudice, my favorite classic, in some ways, while yet remaining fully its own story. Leorah’s intelligence and sass will remind you of Elizabeth Bennett. She’s a delightful mix of smarts and spunk. Edward has a bit of Darcy to him, and the banter between them is hysterical. Edward’s dynamic character development was fascinating, as he moved from worrying about society’s opinion to realizing that it’s the people you love most whose opinions you should value.
In A Viscount’s Proposal, Melanie has created characters who will make you groan in frustration one minute, swoon the next, and then laugh out loud!
My rating: 5/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Melanie Dickerson and inspirational (Regency) fiction; readers who love allusions to beloved stories like Pride and Prejudice in their fiction choices
Note: I received a copy of this novel via the author and NetGalley.