The Persistent Marquess


Daisy Vincent is spending the season in London with her grandmother, Lady Reynolds, while her parents stay in the country until her sibling is born. Daisy is hoping for a love match like her parents have; spending all their time together, so much so, Daisy feels like an interloper when she is around them. While hiding behind a potted palm tree at her first ball, she meets William, the Marquess of Ashton. He is smitten with her at once and asks her grandmother if he may waltz with her. Out on the dance floor, it is as though there are no other couples, just the two of them. Several balls later, Daisy and William are caught out on the balcony, alone and William is minus his coat! Now, William must convince Daisy to marry him even though it is not a love match!

“The Persistent Marquess” educates the reader on the maliciousness that can be the ton, as well as the social expectations of the times. William is a gentleman who has never been exposed to true love, but evolves as the story progresses. Daisy is not a very relatable character. Although she is older than the average debutante, she is whiney, disrespectful, and immature in her actions. The secondary characters are not very dynamic and lend little to the story. Emotions depicted in the story are raw and heartrending. Although clichéd, this story has a different twist from the norm, because Daisy’s siblings will be over twenty years her junior, a scandal amongst the ton. A tale of yearning and lust, this is a must read for the romantic at heart.

Belinda Wilson