The last thing Alex wants is to spend her first season in London society shopping for a husband—marriage is definitely not for her.  But her mother has different ideas, both for Alex and for her three older brothers.

Alexandra hates dress fittings, being proper, and the thought of being married off to someone rich, boring and respectable. She prefers to do and say as she pleases, something that in not appropriate in seventeenth century London. But her mother and her governess are determined that she learn how to do all the things that are necessary for marriage—how to hold a proper conversation, how to dance, and most important, how to conceal her intelligence and stubbornness, two things guaranteed to scare off even the most determined suitors. 

But from the first ball of the season, at Almack’s, Alex is surrounded by suitors. And why not? She’s rich, beautiful and charming, and when she comes downstairs the morning after the Almack’s ball, she finds 40 bouquets of flowers, sent from men begging to accept all kinds of information. She also has an ultimatum from her mother: She has to accept one of the more than 15 invitations to ride on the Serpentine that afternoon. But in the end, she chooses none of them, and goes riding with Gavin instead. 

She’s known Gavin for years as her brothers’ best friend, but he’d looked different the night before, his evening clothes making him seem like a tall, broad shouldered, golden haired stranger. He’d looked nothing like the boy who’d been her defender and rescuer all through her childhood. 

 Alex is intrigued by the person Gavin has become and by her reaction to him. Can this be the first signs of romance? She’s always assumed romance existed only in the books she and her two best friends love to read. Is it possible that she’s been wrong?

The booktalk was written by Joni Richards Bodart, university professor, librarian, consultant, and internationally known booktalking expert.