One woman in search of passion
Miss Cecilia Hastings has achieved what every young lady hopes for during her first London season…in duplicate! She’s caught the eye of not one but two of England’s most eligible bachelors. Both Jeremy Battersley, Earl of Henley, and Richard Huxley, Duke of Wexford, are handsome, wealthy and kind, the epitome of proper gentlemen. But Cecilia doesn’t want proper, she wants passion. So she issues a challenge to her suitors: a kiss, so that she may choose between them.
Two men in love with the same woman
Friends since childhood, and compatriots on the battlefields of Spain, Jeremy and Richard have found that falling for the same woman has set them at odds and risks destroying their friendship forever. But a surprising invitation to a late-night garden tryst soon sets them on a course that neither of them could have anticipated. And these gentlemen quickly discover that love can take many forms…
The Debutante’s Dilemma takes us back to a time where carnal relations aren’t discussed much less a consideration for marriage. The only reason for a marriage match was for both families to profit. That wasn’t a good enough reason for Miss Cecilia Hastings though. The talk of the ton, she is a delight to have at any event. She is not only beautiful but well educated and well spoken too.
Her parents have a loving relationship but she doesn’t sense any passion between them. She wants more for herself than to be used to gain land or money; she wants to experience it all. She has not one but two suitors that have asked for her hand in marriage. They are both handsome but as different as night and day.
Both Jeremy and Richard have fallen in love with Cecilia and have asked for her hand in marriage; each without the other knowing who their intended was. They have been friends since childhood and both are concerned that the marriage to Cecilia will ruin their friendship.
Cecilia devises a way to test their commitment and sends out a note requesting their presence. She was surprised when they both showed up and she got more than she bargained for. Once the door was opened, there was no way she could go back. She knew what she had to do.
The characters were interesting and had depth. They helped pull you into the story and keep you interested. I think in this case the trio of main characters worked well and added to the story, rather than take away from it. My only complaint was you never find out which of the two suitors she chooses. The author does give you a glimpse of Cecilia’s life a year later but alas still no clue to who her husband is.