Six years ago Simon left Beatrice almost at the alter to go excavate Egyptian tombs and search for King Tutakamun’s tomb. The Wedding of the Season by Laura Lee Guhrke begins with Beatrice finally getting over Simon’s abandonment and she is engaged to Duke Trathlen with the wedding quickly approaching. Beatrice and Aidan Carr, Duke of Trathen, travel to Pixy Cove, the house of her relative where she has spent every summer of her life. Beatrice just wants to have marry a man who has the same common goals and finally have the children she has always craved. When Simon appears at Pixie Cove Beatrice is forced to confront her feelings for him and to decide if she can settle for less than passionate love in her spouse.
Simon is back in England not to stop Beatrice’s wedding but to obtain funding for his continued excavations in Egypt. After Beatrice refused to go with him to Egypt Simon has thrown himself into his work and tried to forget her. He is shocked when he sees her with her new fiancé and has to fight back feelings of jealousy and attraction. Simon just wants to get his funding and return to Egypyt but in order to secure that funding he must travel to Pixie Cove to discuss the particulars with his last chance at obtaining the funds he so desperately needs. Can Simon survive the month long stay at Pixy Cove with Trixie in such close proximity?
The Wedding of the Season takes place in early 1900s, a time of great change in England. This novel addresses the difficult that exists in society at that time between the traditional roles the aristocracy has taken and the new roles associated with having to make money that the younger generation is required to do. Simon sees this change and embraces it while Beatrice is pulled by the traditional expectations of her family. Gurhke handled this issue in a believable and tension filled way. I felt like the novel drug a little bit in the middle with Beatrice being a little bit too much introspective regarding her feelings regarding Simon but the interaction between the main characters was entertaining and I liked the way they complimented each other in their characteristics.
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The Wedding of the Season
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Title: The Wedding of the Season
Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: December 28, 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.