Series: Windham #0.5
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on November 6th 2012
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
The first novella to be published by New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes features the foundation story for her bestselling series.
This is the tender story of love tested and won, and how Percy Windham, the dashing and brilliant man who was never supposed to become the Duke of Moreland, wooed the amazing lady who became his beloved Duchess.
Percival Windham is a second son, and a cavalry officer acclaimed and respected by his men. He is immensely attractive and distracts himself with the women who seem to throw themselves at him at every turn, until at a country house party, he meets beautiful, retiring Esther Himmelfarb.
Esther's wealthier relations are taking shameless advantage of her dependence on them, and only Percy seems to see the striking intelligence beneath her modest demeanor. Percy sees her as the perfect companion and she finds in him the man of her dreams.
I’ve mentioned before that I really like trying out a new-to-me author by reading a novella. While novellas are usually lacking in character development, they always let me get a feel for the author’s style. The Courtnship by Grace Burrowes which is a prequel of her Windham series, was a great way to look into this author’s work.
The Courtship takes place during a house party, a setting I can never resist. Esther isn’t normally invited to such events, because she’s a poor relation. But she is invited to this house party, and that’s where she meets Percy, who is a younger son of a Duke.
Esther and Percy form a connection pretty quickly, but that didn’t bother me at all. Both Esther and Percy were so easy to root for, and I really did like them. That said, I did find their romance to be a bit . . . quiet. I didn’t feel a ton of passion between them, although I did feel like they loved each other. I wish there were a bit more banter between then, but then, I love banter and always want it in the romances I read.
The Courtship has definitely made me curious about the rest of this series, and I wonder if I would have gotten more out of this prequel novella if I had read the regular series first. But overall, I did enjoy The Courtship, and I definitely want to check out the rest of the Windham series.