Sue Lyndon and Celeste Jones are taking us back to Talcott House and our lovely little ladies in Papa’s Desires. This is the second book in the Little Ladies of Talcott House series.
Talcott House is run by Miss Wickersham. She finds unfortunate young women in bad circumstances and brings them to her academy. There, the young women are taught everything they need to know to be a proper lady. They are also treated like little girls and kept as close to a little girl state as possible. Miss Wickersham believes that every child deserves to have a happy childhood and her charges weren’t able to get that. So, she regresses them back to their childhood and gives them the happy childhood that they never got.
This book is about Hyacinth, also known as Cynny. Her best friend Camilla recently got married to Lord Cavendish, and now it’s Cynny’s turn. However, there are some worries about her status when it comes to marrying Lord Kensington. Cynny has had problems with stealing and causing mischief. We open the book to her sitting in the naughty chair and listening to a conversation that she probably shouldn’t be hearing. Hyacinth hears that Talcott House is having money issues, because one of their patrons hasn’t been paying the stipend that he pledged to. That makes Cynny’s wedding very important because Lord Kensington has already pledged a large bridal gift, which could help repair the Talcott House. Cynny vows to be as good as she possibly can so that she can get her new Papa, because she’s looking forward to having a Papa and she wants to make sure that Talcott House and all her friends are OK.
Lord Grayson is new to his role. His father recently died. In doing all the paperwork after his death, Grayson found out that his father had been sending a stipend to Talcott House. He’s bound and determined to get rid of that stipend. He figures that it’s some kind of scam or some such. One day, when driving down to London, he finds himself near Talcott House, so he stops there to find out what’s going on. First he sees and hears all the young ladies out at play and notices that they are all dressed quite girlishly even if they are all obviously very womanly. Then he finds Miss Wickersham who explains. Lord Grayson also gets a chance to talk to Hyacinth, who tells him part of her story, but he doesn’t believe her. Before he leaves, she relieves him of his pocket watch so she can give it as a wedding gift to her new Papa.
OK, it’s that time. There is some conflict in this when it comes down to Lord Kensington and Lord Grayson, but it’s going to work out just fine, I have a feeling. There’s also some issues with Cynny’s past. We get a quick and hot look at Cammie too, which is really nice.
Poor Hyacinth. I felt bad for her that Grayson didn’t believe her when she told him her story before they were married. She felt like she had to hide part of who she was, and that had to have been hard on her. No one wants to feel like that.
I’m looking forward to Rose’s and Daisy’s story. As a British TV fan, I have to wonder if there is a Violet hanging around somewhere. Points if you can get the reference.
OK, that’s all I have to say today. I recommend reading this book. Happy reading!