Lady Caroline Grayson is sort of an
enigma in England she doesn’t want to just practice the
“womanly arts” in fact she wants to be recognized and work
in the field of botany. In fact she is probably one of the
leading botanists in England, but since she is a woman no
one will even listen to her. As each of her sisters
celebrates their betrothals and marriages she is not
jealous, she is happy for them. She thinks that their
father has decided to let her live the life she has wanted.
But, she might be a little premature in those thoughts.
In fact Brent Ravenscroft the Earl of
Weymerth is suddenly her betrothed. While she overheard
that he was basically blackmailed into it by her father she
decides that a marriage of convenience will get them both
what they need
Now they are utterly determined to not
fall for each other but neither is quite what they seam.
Can they live platonically or will they give in to their
desires? If they do can they get by all the secrets they
have kept from each other or will it tear them apart.
Thinking of woman’s rights and the
Napoleonic era there are many scenes that come to mind but
many always forget that this was during a time that the
elite in English society didn’t believe that a woman could
think beyond family and potentially needlepoint. My
Darling Caroline deals with a few of these effects
head-on as Lady Caroline could be one of the most important
botanists of her time but no one, including her family will
allow her to follow her dreams. Knowing this I still felt
that Lady Caroline was put forth by Ms. Ashworth as a little
cold hearted for much of the story. But, at the same time I
was very intrigued by the writing and wanted to see how
My Darling Caroline turned out.