Calista Langley, a single young Victorian woman, supports she and her brother by holding small parties where other single people can mix and mingle to find companionship, love and marriage. Yes, basically she is a gentile matchmaker, of sorts. Trent Hastings a writer of serial mysteries, meets with Calista under the guise of checking out her salon for his own prospects, but really he is making sure his younger sister is in good hands. While interviewing with Calista, he stumbles on threats that are being made to her by way of some rather morbid gifts. She enlists his investigative skills and they pair up to solve the mystery.
I think this was one of the best Amanda Quick novels that I have read in awhile. I always like to read about strong independent female characters, and Calista, who had been through some tough personal travails, was definitely overcoming all obstacles. I also like it when the male hero is flawed and seems surprised when he finds himself reacting emotionally to his heroine. Trent’s flaws, initially seemed to be physical, with acid burns on his face and body, but were actually emotional, as he had, in his eyes, failed saving his mother and siblings from an abusive step father. They both worked through their inhibitions, solving a mystery, and passionately falling in love with each other. A very satisfactory HEA and very well written by an accomplished author.
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