Review: A Return Engagement by Stephanie Laurens



Nine years ago Lady Nell Daughtry was being wooed by the man she loved, but when he failed to come up to scratch, she was left alone and heartbroken. Now, her sister is set to marry the prince of Lautenburg.


She knows Frances loves Prince Frederick as much as he loves her and her wild bouts of panic-stricken nerves mean nothing. All Nell needs to do is make sure her sister gets to the altar without bolting. Her only ally in this is the very man who failed to propose to her, diplomat Lord Robert Knightley.


A long time ago, I tried to read a novel by Stephanie Laurens (a Cynster novel) and I couldn’t finish it. I don’t know why. It could have been the story or the writing the style. Now, years later, I thought I’d give a Stephanie Laurens novella.


While “A Return Engagement” (originally printed in the “Royal Bridesmaids” anthology) is well-written, I did not find it enjoyable.


The story just lacked passion. I could believe that Nell and Robert loved each other, but it is a tepid love. The bland like feel of the story never seemed to dissipate and instead continued on to a lackluster ending.


I’d only recommend this novella if you are a diehard fan of Stephanie Laurens, but would suggest that you pay the $1 extra to get the anthology “Royal Bridesmaids” which includes this novella as well as ones by Gaelen Foley and Loretta Chase.



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