Emily Rutherford and her sisters have a priviledged life and all going for them, until of course tragedy knocks on their door. From there on, all goes down hill, them included. Edward, a most hedious cousin, basically kicks them out of the place they’ve known as their home all their lives. Out of pure “generosity”, as Edward puts it, he lets them live at a Cottage, and provides them with a minute allowance that isn’t even enough to make ends meet. This forces Emily and her sisters to become creative, and find ways to make up for the extra funds they need.
Emily’s perfect life is shattered by this turn of events. The one thing that remains consistent in her life is her friendship with Adrian, Kate and Francis. Emily believes Adrian is the love of her life. They’ve been best friends forever, they share everything with each other, and her approval on whatever he does means a great deal to him. The problem is a chaste kiss full of an empty promise, leads her to believe one day in the near future she will be Adrian’s wife.
Emily confides her deepest secrets to Kate, after all Kate is her best girlfriend or so she thinks. Kate doesn’t have a mean bone to her, although some may think otherwise. She does care for Emily, and never really means to hurt her friend’s feelings.
Francis, on the other hand, goes from being a fun to be around boy, to someone who is almost seen as mean and guarded. No one understands the drastic change in Francis, and this makes Emily, perhaps not hate him, but not want to be around him.
Years go by, the boys leave for school. Kate is now the only friend Emily’s got left. Later, Kate goes to visit some relatives in London, where she happens to meet Adrian once more, and both fall head over heels for each other.
Emily and her sisters are invited to the one and only ball they’re always invited to, and everyone truly believes Adrian will offer for her. Everyone’s surprised when Adrian announces his engagement to no other than Kate, her girl best friend.
Emily’s heart and hopes are crushed. Francis is also back and cannot believe his ears when he learns of this turn of events. The thing is, Francis has been secretly in love with Emily, and this little tirade actually ends up working to his advantage.
Through their daily exchanges, small quarrels, and a few stolen kisses, Emily realizes that the one she’s truly in love with is Francis. What she feels for him is nothing close to whatever she thought she ever felt towards Adrian. Soon after, Francis confides in Emily about the demons that are at fault for him changing. Emily sees in Francis, the Francis she’s always known, and wants to help him get rid of his demons. That is when all starts and ends with Charlotte.
Charlotte has a letter, which she continuously uses to blackmail Francis. The contents of said letter put his true identity at risk. Every time she asks for money, she succeds as Francis has no other choice but concede. That is, of course until Emily comes around. Charlotte enlists Emily as her accomplice, little does she know Emily’s plan is to turn the table on her, and end Charlotte’s little charade. Needless to say, Emily and Francis succeed at that– not without yet another tragedy, where one of them almost loses their life.
What I would’ve liked to see more in the book:
1. A little more of Emily’s personality earlier in the story, to have a better understanding of some of the actions she takes. Emily has a lively personality, she can be witty and cheeky, she’s very intelligent, and a conversationalist.
2.Adrian knocking on her door, giving her an apology for not noticing how she felt towards him. He sorta does apologize, but a more formal apology when the dust had settled perhaps?
3. Francis forgetting all about Adrian and Kate. I understand Francis is upset that they’d hurt Emily. He loves Emily so much that doesn’t want anything to cause her any pain, but truly Francis is the winner in the whole ordeal. Francis does let Adrian know that after all it was Adrian’s loss, and Francis gain.
What I liked most in the book:
1.Emily’s and Charlotte’s conspiracy to take revenge.
2.Francis’ father’s amendment to the will. This is my favorite part of the story, actually. The amendment was marvelous.
3.The end…I can’t say it because I’ll spoil it for others. It reminded me of Pride and Prejudice. It left me with an “aawww” and a silly grin.