|(Apart From the Crowd series book 3)
Childhood friends Miss Temperance Flowerdew and Mr. Gilbert Cavandish's lives are turned upside down when he receives a plea to rescue a missing woman. He's stunned when the 'missing woman' turns out to be his chum Temperance. Before either of them can piece together the mystery surrounding her abduction, they are seen by a well-known and respected society matron thus putting their reputations in peril.
Gilbert gladly proposes marriage to salvage their reputations.
Temperance, having recently acquired freedom and independence from her indifferent relatives declines his offer.
Will Gilbert and Temperance realize their true feelings for one another before it's too late?
"She [Temperance] was often far too carefree, and he [Gilbert] was often too much of a stickler for the rules, but together...they balanced each other."(Turano, 192).
With an established history, having known each other since their youth, Gilbert and Temperance are totally familiar with each other's quirks and idiosyncrasies. Because of this, Ms. Turano was able to make her hallmark humor between them even more amusing.
Overall, I found the story charming, but slightly predicable.
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