This is a first-rate historical romance. Penelope Featherington is a plump, plain wallflower spinster whose destiny seems to be caring for her mother. Colin Bridgerton, the brother of Penelope's closest friend, is attractive, suave and debonair. Colin has just returned from being away.
Penelope has worshiped Colin from afar for most of her life. Colin, tired of being thought of nothing but an empty-headed man about town, suddenly discovers Penelope.
Together they discover each other's secrets and start to grown up. They enjoy the 'balls' in London and all the gossip that abounds. A lovely romance where the plain Jane finds Mr. Right. I especially liked Mrs. Danbury and her no nonsense approach to life.
First Line: "On the sixth of April, in the year 1812 - precisely two days before her sixteenth birthday - Penelope Featherington fell in love."