Patrice Kindl's A School for Brides was the inspiration for my 5 Things That Make Me Happy post.
Eight young women have been sent by their families to a school in Yorkshire, far from anywhere, to prepare for their eventual role as wives and mothers of gentility. The oldest is 19, almost an old maid. The youngest is 12. And they despair of ever meeting dashing, well-bred, financially secure young men of the appropriate social class.
Then a young man falls off his horse and must be rescued by these young ladies. (The old-young- gentleman-falls-off-horse-trick is well played here.) Luckily, he is well-mannered, titled and has lots of eligible friends.
Meanwhile, one of the girls is receiving ardent notes from an unknown admirer. The Baron's daughter is threatened by the return of her feared and truly despicable governess. And a necklace disappears!!
That's a lot of action conveyed to the reader in a most genteel and Austen-esque manner.
I had hoped that Robert, the extremely decorative footman, would be revealed to be the lost son of someone quite high in society. He is a foundling, after all. He seems happy where he is so perhaps we should just let him be.
Read the book. 'Nuff said.