This is a genre which I don’t usually read — historical romance. Chick fodder. It was kind of interesting. Nothing is as it seems on the surface, and the title has a dual meaning. The grounds of the estate have a folly on them, in which the lady of the house would go to read or reflect, and lovers to meet.
The basic plot is common – set in England in the early 1800’s, the teenage daughter of wealthy gentry is married off against her preferences to some old widower codger with a title. This gives the girl’s family cachet and her dowry gives the old fart money to run his estate. The fly in the ointment is that the old guy is really much older than the 17-year-old wife.
And surprise, surprise, his 27 year old son from his first marriage arrives home after a ten year absence while he served in the military. Guess what happens next.
So it is all about what happens with this situation.
As one reviewer put it on Goodreads, “Weak story. Cliched plot. Poor character development.” That pretty much sums it up. But an easy read so I persevered to the end. One of those books to read when you are mostly falling asleep and can’t concentrate on anything requiring any brain power.
However, this author has many fans, so just because I was underwhelmed doesn’t mean you won’t like it. That’s why there is chocolate, vanilla and pistachio.