I "met" Heidi a couple years back while blog-hopping. I was probably impressed with something witty she said on the comment section of another friend's blog, and I began reading hers on a regular basis. I got to know Heidi a bit more as time went by, and discovered she wrote a book. I obtained that book, Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind, and became an instant fan. One of the highest praises I can give an author is to look them up online after I turn the final page. If I hadn't already known Heidi, I would have looked her up, hoping she had a slew of books I could devour in the same way I eat chocolate--with gusto and a smile. I love books that make me laugh, and I don't come across them very often. Heidi's books are the best medicine!
I was so excited when I found out there would be a sequel, and thrilled beyond words when Heidi requested the use of a beautiful poem my husband James wrote for me. My review of her book isn't changed by the fact that Sir Anthony professes his love for Ginny using my husband's words, *squeal* or that I consider Heidi to be a good online friend. I hope I get to meet her in person someday!
Poor Miss Delacourt; dear, sweet Ginny! When we left her in Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind, she was happily ensconced in Sir Anthony's love--after many delicious ups and downs--and looking forward to her future. With the first few pages of this book, however, all this is turned upside down!
Anthony still loves Ginny, more than life itself. Heck, he even wrote her the most beautiful poem ever! *wink* But due to the untimely death of a relative, Anthony's station in life is about to become loftier. His uncle, the Duke of Marcross, is calling the shots, and the rascal deems Ginny Delacourt "unsuitable".
Thus ensues a twisting plot full of ridiculous women and Duke Marcross-inspired devices that had me despairing whether Anthony and Ginny would ever be together! However, I was reassured time and time again by the dashing Sir Anthony himself that they would be. One of my favorite parts of this story was how Anthony never once thought about not marrying Ginny. For him, it was as good as done--he just had to figure out the best way to go about it while keeping Ginny's reputation intact. Leaving his sweet darling was not an option, no matter how saggy her dress hems were, or the fact that she fell down the stairs to land in a heap in front of his highbrow mother.Which brings us to that
wench noble lady. I wanted to smack Anthony's mother so many times, especially when we think she's going to do something kind, but it's self-serving. And Anthony's former love interest Rebecca? Besides her dashing beauty and perfect choice in names, she has nothing going for her except being a cruel, cold villainess. I loved her character!
Lucinda and Lord Avery make quite a few appearances in the book. Lucinda turned from a silly but good-hearted maiden to a completely insufferable married woman. If I were Ginny I would have thrown a toad or something in her face. I even began to feel bad for Avery, as what the years held in store for him was increasingly apparent! We also get to see a little more of Sir Anthony's valet Conti, whose wealth of knowledge and hidden talents enabled Sir Anthony to keep his plotting secret.
Heidi Ashworth writes her characters so well they come alive. I was tickled by the amount of witty dialogue. Wit and humor together never fail to make me laugh, and I did so quite often throughout the book. Not many books make me smile so much, never mind giggle into the pages. Plus, and those who know me know that I do not say this lightly, Sir Anthony is in my trio of "Regency Men Who Make Me Swoon" along with Mr. Knightley and Mr. Darcy. In fact, Sir Anthony ranks second to Mr. Knightley. I so wish these books would be made into movies.
Miss Delacourt Has Her Day is clean, charming, smartly written, and loads of fun. I will read it over and over, and both of the books I own by Heidi Ashworth will have prominent places on my shelf. I'm already looking forward to introducing my daughter to them when she grows up enough to become interested in romance, and I'll be buying copies for her when she goes off to college. She's not taking mine.
You can win BOTH of Heidi's Miss Delacourt books at a giveaway on her blog here: Dunhaven Place
Buy this book on Amazon here: Miss Delacourt Has Her Day
***I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review and have not been compensated in any other way. James' poem was included in the book for the sheer thrill of seeing words in print, and not in any way payment for anything.***