Eliza Haddon has groomed her daughter since birth to be every inch the lady. Whether Cassie is capable of doing anything useful is of no consequence. After all, Cassie will marry well and that will be that. However, life has a way of upsetting the best laid plans. In the wake of the Civil War Cassie has lost both her father and fiancee. All that’s left for her and her mother to do now is track down a maverick uncle who might be able to give them something of a better life. On their search for the man mother and daughter stop off in a town. Self-conscious of her shortcomings when it comes to work Cassie goes job-hunting so the Haddons will not have to rely on the charity of friends and family. She finds work with Jacob West, a local businessman. When she fails at the simplest task Jacob still gives her a second chance. Overcoming obstacles in the workplace isn’t all she has to face up to either. Eliza has made it quite clear she is not fond of how far her daughter has fallen. Imagine a lady working as kitchen help. Scandalous! But Cassie soldiers on and in the process must show she does have some backbone.
I shall be brutally honest. When I started Love’s Sweet Beginning I hated it. In fact I couldn’t wait to get to the end of it so it could over and done with. The characters struck me as being nitwits and Cassie was just so extremely inept it wasn’t funny – it was frustrating. However, it does pay to persist with some books and so I did. After about 100 pages the story line began to pick up. Cassie was showing some grit, Jacob agonized over his past coming to light and some villains entered the scene. Both Cassie and Jacob fought their own battles on two fronts while butting heads with one another (Jacob has some, shall we say, trust issues). Gradually the plot comes together and ends with a bang.
All things taken into consideration, this was not my favorite story and not something I would consider rereading anytime soon, but it is still worth a read. The characters were a little flat and the story dragged in so many areas; I think it could have lost about 100 pages and still not have missed anything. The whole incident with Cassie’s dead fiancee’s brother was a wee bit absurd. I find it difficult to believe even he could be as stupid as he was.
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