Miss Wilton’s Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack is an entertaining sequel to The Vicar’s Daughter that can also stand on its own.
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Miss Wilton’s Waltz Summary
Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.
When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece.
Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl. When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.
Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.
Miss Wilton’s Waltz Review
This was a fun one for me. When I reviewed the original book of this series (The Vicar’s Daughter—check out my review here), I said I wished that there had been more in the story about Lenora and her life with Aunt Gwen. Well, this book is all about Lenora and her life with Aunt Gwen (Do you think maybe Josi Kilpack was inspired by my review? Me neither, but it’s fun to daydream).
So, in that vein, I enjoyed this book. Away from her family, Lenora has come out of her shell a bit, and even has a few surprising secrets of her own. She’s teaching music at a private school, and not unexpectedly has some challenges with her students, Catherine in particular. As in the previous book, Lenora finds herself in trouble, but this time her actions lead to her troubles instead of being caught up in her sister’s intrigue.
As I always expect in a Proper Romance, there are complications and challenges, and Lenora’s managing of those challenges will require her to decide whether or not she is ready to move outside her comfort zone.