About the Book:
Title: Sir Andrew and the Authoress
Series: Clairvoir Castle Romances #3
Author: Sally Britton
Release Date: April 9th, 2022
Genre: Regency Romance
Lady Josephine, the duke’s eldest daughter, has a secret. When her brother’s horrid best friend discovers what she’s been hiding up in the castle tower, she has no choice but to take him into her confidence.
As the daughter of a duke, Lady Josephine has a long list of responsibilities, and an even longer list of things she must never do to dishonor the family name. Josephine knows exactly which side becoming an author falls upon, but she’s determined to try her hand at it anyway. For months she has worked on her novel in secret, writing chapter after chapter of intrigue and romance. Unfortunately for Josephine, her sworn enemy stumbles upon her secret.
Sir Andrew Wycomb’s close relationship to the Duke of Montfort’s family and heir gives him more than one advantage in life. His loyalty to the family is absolute, even if he finds at least one of its members an annoyance. He and Lady Josephine have never seen eye-to-eye. But when he discovers that she’s written a novel upon a subject she knows nothing about, he cannot help but sympathize with her dream. This creates an unlikely ceasefire between them.
But things at the castle are always changing, and when a determined suitor arrives to court Josephine, Andrew has to decide which secrets he’s going to keep. Especially when he discovers the one he’s kept even from himself – that perhaps he doesn’t find Josephine an annoyance at all. In fact, she is quite charming. The more time they spend together, the more he hopes she will realize they aren’t enemies, and they could be so much more…
The third book in Sally Britton’s Ladies of Castle Clairvoir, series Sir Andrew and the Authoress is a sweet and adorable romance! Sally is one of my favorite authors and this series has been such an enjoyable series to read. It is an overall gentle and sweet story and each of the books have been 5 star reads for me! Lady Josephine has many responsibilities and expectations as the daughter of a duke. However, one of her dreams is to be an author. As she secretly writes her novel, her secret is discovered by her sworn enemy. Sir Andrew Wycomb is practically part of the family and is absolutely loyal to them. While he and Josephine have never seen eye-to-eye, he is sympathetic to her dream. But as things at the castle change and a suitor comes to court Josephine, Andrew is forced to discover which secrets he will hold onto. Including the ones he is holding from himself about his feelings for Josephine and hopes for the future.
Like I said, this was really sweet and enjoyable. I sometimes struggle with the enemies-to-lovers trope because it can feel a bit mean-spirited or spiteful instead of fun in terms of banter. So I appreciate that though Josie and Andrew bickered and argued, it was never mean-spirited, nor was it spiteful. Josie felt a bit more off-kilter, but she knew Andrew wasn’t trying to hurt her feelings or attack her. She felt a bit isolated because of her position and life stage. It left her struggling to figure out her place and Andrew really supported her. They were really able to relax around one another. I liked how aware Josie was of her position. I felt like it was very realistic in terms of her efforts to represent her family well, the privilege she had as a duke’s daughter, and the uncertainty she felt as her closest friend was now married and had her own separate life. She was an easy character to relate to and empathize with. Andrew was also very sweet and I appreciate how caring he was for their family. His banter with Josie was fun too. It was sweet to see their relationship grow, and I appreciate that there was no drawn out dramatic love triangle.
Overall, while I think the second book of the series was my favorite, this was a really sweet and enjoyable book that I would definitely recommend. While it may not be necessary to read the other books in the series, I think it enhances the story and creates more of a connection with the characters. It is always fun to see characters throughout a series. This is a clean historical fiction romance that is sweet and lighthearted.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.