Sir Geoffrey Wentworth thought he knew every alluring woman in San Francisco by now, until on the night before his return to England he meets and is mesmerized by the mysterious Lady Delphia, the daughter of a French Marquis. Not only has she appeared out of nowhere, she unwittingly steals his heart.
When Sir Geoffrey tries to learn more about this irresistible lady of the night, the two are caught in the middle of a severe San Francisco earthquake. Sir Geoffrey soon learns this woman of mystery is no daughter of a marquis, at all, but is the younger sister of a simple country parson, and already engaged to be married.
If there is anything the honorable Sir Geoffrey Wentworth, 2nd son to the Viscount of Salisbury cannot abide is being duped by a woman
Daphne backed up. She had nothing to say to Mrs. Merrick. She had nothing to say to Trevor. He would not be listening anyway.
She could not look again at Sir Geoffrey after catching the pokerfaced expression he gave her following Trevor's unexpected pronouncement. Trevor made it sound as if he had won her hand in a game of cards.
"I must go." She pressed two fingers against her forehead again. Before anyone could try to stop her, Daphne turned and stumbled toward the polished wood stairs.
It was as if she was once again in the Tapestry Room. Running from something she didn’t want to have to face, this time, something not of her doing. This time no one called out to her in French. This time no one compelled her to return.
Daphne darted up the ruby red carpeted steps past the doorman and through the double doors. After the doors swung shut, she felt reasonably safe she could look back through the porthole windows and down into the elegant hall; no one could see her now.
Sir Geoffrey and Rand had sat back down and were whispering back and forth. Trevor was leaned back on his chair; his arms folded his pathetic chin still up, another blood red drink in his hand.
A single tear trickled down Daphne's cheek, but it was pointless to cry. Trevor had tried to make a fool of her, but she could not let it get to her. Daphne reached up and pushed the tear away.
She started to turn then stopped. She had begun to think something good might come of her developing relationship with Sir Geoffrey. Here on the ship they might have had a chance to know each other better.
He did not realize it, but Daphne had become incredibly and irresistibly charmed by him. She couldn’t begin to explain why.
Now he would never know.
Maybe all this wasn’t God's intention, but it had almost seemed as if it was the Lord who had brought them together again.
It had to be more than a coincidence.
At the table Sir Geoffrey had been amiable, warm, gracious, even. For the first time, Daphne had begun to see him in a different light.
Unfortunately, once Trevor arrived, everything changed. His untimely presence brought to ruin any hope for a growing bond between Daphne and Sir Geoffrey.
Posted by https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/not-quite-an-angel on 29th May 2015
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Not Quite An Angel by Shirley Kiger Connolly is Book Four of the Decisions series, of which there are five books. Not Quite An Angel tells the story of Daphne Jordan, who manages to thwart her father’s plans for her marriage and sets off on a trip of excitement and intrigue in San Francisco. Aware that her brother is a parson and that she has to behave in a certain way, she creates a persona who has a far more exciting life than the real Daphne could possibly imagine. Unfortunately, her scheme becomes complicated when she meets Sir Geoffrey Wentworth and he falls in love with her, believing her to be the daughter of a French marquis. As the two become close, Daphne believes Sir Geoffrey is merely trying to save her from her father’s plans, but all is not as it seems.
Shirley Kiger Connelly has created a masterpiece of intrigue with her historical fiction romance. The characters are believable and likeable, and Daphne’s indecisions and regrets are heart-rending as she is so endearing to the reader. With Daphne trying always to do the right thing, but torn by an inquisitive nature, this is a story that will have the reader rooting for everyone to be happy. The writing is smooth and flows well and the dialogue is appropriate. This book - although a stand-alone novel - would have me searching out other works by this author, and the further books in this series. All in all, a very enjoyable read and highly recommended.