Sophie is the daughter of a Baron and as
such is expecting to have a wonderful first season in London.
But, she finds that mid way through the season that she is
suddenly persona none gratis and she doesn’t know why. She
finds out the shocking truth by overhearing an Earl speaking
to a friend at a ball.
Now 2 years later while Sophie is
starting to reconcile herself to a life as a spinster, and
trying not to throttle her mother, a rescue of sorts happens.
Sophie’s Cousin Mariah and her widowed Aunt, Lady Sandbourne,
show up and offer her a trade. For the use of her barouche
for the season, Lady Sandbourne will give Sophie her old
dresses and the use of her seamstress to make a new wardrobe
and sponsor her in London. While the offer seems too good to
be true, Sophie’s parents agree to the trade and Sophie is off
Shortly after arriving in London two
things happen to Sophie, first, she runs into a childhood
friend, Phillippa, who is now married and rather pleased to
see her. And second, she is attacked on the street in front
of Lady Sandbourne’s. She is saved from the attack by a man
she later runs into at the Opera. Sophie is taking more notice
of Mr. Kittridge. When Mr. Kittridge offers to help keep
Sophie safe, as well as find out what the status of her
brother is in the army and look into the mystery around the
attacks on her, she is further charmed by him. Unfortunately
Sophie notices that Lady Sandbourne seems to think only a
titled man is worth Sophie’s time and continually refuses to
let her see anyone that isn’t titled, much to Sophie’s
frustration. There is more going on with Lady Sandbourne than
meets the eye, but you must read the book to find that out not
only that but whom Sophie winds up with.
I thoroughly enjoyed How to Ruin a
Season and recommend it. The characters were well
developed with a number of twists and turns happening
throughout the book. Ms. Mueller does a good job at showing
the snooty side of the Ton as well as how first impressions
can make a lasting impression. I too wanted to throttle one
of the main characters before the story is done. I think this
is a good genre for the author and I look forward to seeing
more from Jennifer Mueller in the future.