When Miss Charlotte Wilson asks God for a husband, she decides He must want her to pursue Mr. Hamilton Beckett, the catch of the season.
The only problem? She’s never actually met Hamilton. Fortunately, one of her oldest and dearest friends, Mr. Henry St. James—who has returned to New York after a two-year absence—does know Hamilton.
Much to Henry’s chagrin, Charlotte immediately ropes him into helping her meet Hamilton. However, none of her plans to catch Hamilton’s eye go as she expected, and she is even more confused when her old feelings for Henry begin to resurrect themselves.
In the midst of the mayhem Charlotte always seems to cause, she wonders if the gentleman of her dreams might be an entirely different man than she thought.
Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:
Jen Turano’s Gentleman of Her Dreams, is a refreshing novella with endearing main characters. Charlotte Wilson is willful, independent, and extremely accident prone. Henry St. James is the epitome of a hero. Dashing. Handsome. Gallant. They remind me a lot of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Despite their close friendship, misunderstandings between the duo are prominent in this romantic story. Like most young women in Gilded Age New York, Charlotte strongly believes that Hamilton Beckett is the ideal husband for her. She convinces an unwilling Henry to help her meet the man, but each of her plots end in disaster. During these “adventures,” Charlotte and Henry both wish they were more than just friends, but unwilling to believe their love may be reciprocated. Their insecurities are realistic and their loyalty to each other make them the perfect couple.
If you are looking for a romantic comedy, Gentleman of Her Dreams, a prequel to the “Lady of Distinction” series, is a must read.