Anne Wynter is not who she pretends to be in A Night Like This by Julia Quinn. Anne has accepted that her life will be spent in the service of others, she doesn’t like the fact that she will be a governess until she retires but has accepted that this is where her life will be spent. Anne unexpectedly is called upon to fill in for the annual Smythe-Smith musical and finds herself the center of attention she very much doesn’t want.
Daniel Smythe-Smith has just returned to England after three years of hiding from killers who were after him because of his part in a drunken duel. Daniel meets the charming governess of his nieces and finds himself captivated by her but her refusal to allow him close makes him curious about her past. When that past comes to light, it is up to Daniel to save her from an unexpected danger.
I fell in love with the Smythe-Smith family from The Bridgerton series, a yearly musical that members of the Ton suffer through with three of the quartet oblivious to how bad they are and one member painfully aware of how bad they are. A Night Like This was a entertaining quick fun read. Anne is living with the consequences of choices she made in the past and her family refused to support her, we get to see how far she has progressed from when she made her initial decisions to where she is now. I enjoyed the glimpses of her past and how that is impacted her decisions today. I can’t imagine being that alone in the world and having to make decisions based upon her limited options.
You can read an excerpt here.
Smythe-Smith Quartet Series:
Title: A Night Like This
Author: Julia Quinn
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 384
Release Date: May 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.