Genre: historical, fiction
Source: bookbridgr, NetGalley
Fiction RBC 2014: A book based on a true story
Charlotte Lennox, debuntante and amateur photographer is one of the Town’s biggest catches, known colloquially as the ‘Lennox heiress’. Her reckless mother and the original Lennox heiress died in a hunting accident when Charlotte was a child and her fortune is currently managed by her half-brother, Fred, until she marries with his approval. Despite being the most eligible girl on the market, Charlotte isn’t known for her striking looks or scintillating conversational skills; rather, Charlotte has a passion for photography and a mere mention of her hobby is usually enough to frighten off any potential suitors, much to Fred’s dismay.
Captain Bay Middleton is smitten. A friend of Fred’s, he’s well known for his superior riding and dancing abilities, as well as being a known womaniser – especially of married women. Bay is thrown by the fact that Charlotte isn’t like any woman he has ever met before and he’s determined to win her over. Charlotte is equally infatuated: Bay is genuinely interested in her photography and hearing her opinion. Despite Fred’s reservations, the pair are well on their path to engagement … And then the most beautiful woman in the world comes along …
Sisi, Empress of Austria, is the (un)lucky woman known by that moniker. Wife of the Emperor of Austria, Sisi is deeply unhappy in her marriage and has come to England to ride and hunt. Since the age of thirty-two, she has refused to sit for portraits and photographs, so that her public image can remain forever young. Appointed her pilot to guide her through the unfamiliar land, Bay Middleton quickly finds himself dazzled by the Empress and embarking on a relationship that every man desires …