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Appointment in Bath by Mimi Matthews

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Shy and stammering Meg Burton-Smythe has spent the whole of her life living on the fringes of local society. She’s more comfortable with her daydreams than she is with people. But when a dashing, golden-haired hero rides to her rescue one morning, she dares to hope that her dreams might finally come true. There’s only one problem: her handsome rescuer is the son of her father’s sworn enemy.

Ivo Beresford doesn’t believe in clinging to the past. Freshly returned from a lengthy grand tour, he’s looking to the future, eager to spearhead the building of a new railway extension in Somersetshire. But an unexpected encounter with Meg Burton-Smythe, the isolated only daughter of his parents’ oldest foe, sets the past and the future colliding.

Resolved to put ancient grudges to rest-at least where innocent young ladies are concerned-Ivo encourages lonely Meg to embark on a secret friendship. After all, what harm can a friendship do? It isn’t as though there’s any danger of the two of them falling in love…

MY THOUGHTS: Appointment In Bath

Appointment in Bath is the next story in the Somerset Stories series, overlapping with the third book Return to Satterthwaite Court. In the fourth installment, Mathews focuses on second son Ivo Beresford and next-door neighbor Meg Burton-Smythe.

A sort of Romeo and Juliet retelling that includes forbidden love, Mathews will have readers enwrapped from the opening page. You’ll be equal parts delighted and charmed by the main characters and the blossoming love story that slowly unfolds between Meg and Ivo. And friends the slow burn is EVERYTHING.

Mimi Matthews writes such memorable characters, and Meg in particular stood out to me. She’s shy, has a stammer, and feels like a character who is on the cusp of breaking free from a mold of a woman trapped in a gilded cage. It takes an unexpected encounter to help propel her forward on a journey to find her voice and a life worth savoring.

Fingers crossed we get to read about the oldest Beresford son next. 🤞

Make sure to add this one to your TBR.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blotink blot – Exceptionally Inked

publication details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
27-Jun-23978-1736080269288Perfectly Proper PressAdultNetGalley, Digital ARCJune 12, 2023

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