I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I love my sisters. Consequently I’m a little biased when it comes to sisters’ relationships in books. The title of My Sister’s Intended by Rachel Anderson made me a little worried about the direction this book maybe going for awhile, but Rachel Anderson handled it wonderfully.
“For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.
Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. As an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love.
Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.”
I loved how the relationship between Prudence and Lord Knave developed and how they encouraged each other. Her encouraging him to bring out her sisters personality and give Sophia a chance, as well as how he encouraged Pru to confide in her sister and trust in their bond and friendship. I personally love that I can confide in each of my sisters and be myself and they will love me no matter what.
When the book first starts out the mother daughter relationship is a little off and I was concerned it was going to be like so many other books where the mother is “just that way”. You know what I’m talking about, when the mother cares more about the match than her daughters feelings. I love that there was a little twist in depth and love of the mother and father than we were at first led to believe.
I loved Prudence and the lengths she went too in order to become a better author. It made me wonder, are these the lengths Rachel would go/has gone to get information for a story? I love reading a book and feeling as if you are getting to know the author herself as well. Prudence gives many of her thoughts and feelings about being an author and her drive to get the story right. This was done so well when she asks Lord Knave for help on knowing what certain things are like for a man. So funny.
This is just the first in the Serendipity Series, “My Brother’s Bride” will be the next in the series. I am excited to read more about the characters we met in this book.
And wow, if we were rating book covers, this one would get 5 stars. It is so beautiful! Everything about it, the gate, the flowers in the background, the single rose, and her DRESS! Love it all. –M.V.