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In the quiet seaside town of Inverley, nothing exciting ever happens to gently bred spinsters like Miss Arabella Seton. Content with her watercolor paintings and her cats, she is confident that no one suspects her forbidden and unrequited passion for her best friend, Caroline. The eldest in a family of six children, Miss Caroline Reeve has the unenviable task of shepherdin In the quiet seaside town of Inverley, nothing exciting ever happens to gently bred spinsters like Miss Arabella Seton. Content with her watercolor paintings and her cats, she is confident that no one suspects her forbidden and unrequited passion for her best friend, Caroline. The eldest in a family of six children, Miss Caroline Reeve has the unenviable task of shepherding her siblings into adulthood with little coin and even less patience. The only benefit to being an eternal chaperone is that no one ever expects her to marry. When the Reeve family inherits an unexpected fortune, Caroline must take her rightful place in high society. Fortune hunters abound, and it is up to Arabella to save her from their snares and convince her that love has been in front of her all along. Can the heiress and the spinster discover an unconventional love outside of the Marriage Mart?


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In the quiet seaside town of Inverley, nothing exciting ever happens to gently bred spinsters like Miss Arabella Seton. Content with her watercolor paintings and her cats, she is confident that no one suspects her forbidden and unrequited passion for her best friend, Caroline. The eldest in a family of six children, Miss Caroline Reeve has the unenviable task of shepherdin In the quiet seaside town of Inverley, nothing exciting ever happens to gently bred spinsters like Miss Arabella Seton. Content with her watercolor paintings and her cats, she is confident that no one suspects her forbidden and unrequited passion for her best friend, Caroline. The eldest in a family of six children, Miss Caroline Reeve has the unenviable task of shepherding her siblings into adulthood with little coin and even less patience. The only benefit to being an eternal chaperone is that no one ever expects her to marry. When the Reeve family inherits an unexpected fortune, Caroline must take her rightful place in high society. Fortune hunters abound, and it is up to Arabella to save her from their snares and convince her that love has been in front of her all along. Can the heiress and the spinster discover an unconventional love outside of the Marriage Mart?

30 review for The Inconvenient Heiress

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Arabella is artist who longs to be independence and to be with her best friend Caroline who is task to watch out for her siblings. Caroline is shock when she learns of inheritance that belong to her father now she thrust into the world society. Arabella is there for Caroline to help make sure she won’t be taking advantage of all the while tries to get Caroline to see they are made for each othe I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review. Arabella is artist who longs to be independence and to be with her best friend Caroline who is task to watch out for her siblings. Caroline is shock when she learns of inheritance that belong to her father now she thrust into the world society. Arabella is there for Caroline to help make sure she won’t be taking advantage of all the while tries to get Caroline to see they are made for each other. I enjoy this read and how author describe the gorgeous seaside setting of their small English town and the longing between Arabella and Caroline was well played.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bell

    Sapphic Regency friends-to-lovers that I found a little hit-and-miss. The actual romance itself was fun to watch unfurl and our MCs were interesting, fleshed out characters. I loved exploring Arabella's desire for independence and to expand her art business, and Caroline's deep dedication to her siblings and learning to overcome the more controlling side of her nature. However, I did have a few niggles throughout the book. The pace was a little off, seeming to drag in places, especially at the st Sapphic Regency friends-to-lovers that I found a little hit-and-miss. The actual romance itself was fun to watch unfurl and our MCs were interesting, fleshed out characters. I loved exploring Arabella's desire for independence and to expand her art business, and Caroline's deep dedication to her siblings and learning to overcome the more controlling side of her nature. However, I did have a few niggles throughout the book. The pace was a little off, seeming to drag in places, especially at the start, and then in the 3rd act, leading to what felt like the climax of the story, only for there to be another several chapters to follow. Caroline's siblings were also just annoying for most of the book. As an example, I was surprised to learn her two sisters were supposed to be in their early 20s, as they both gave off intense Kitty and Lydia Bennet vibes at the start of the book. Overall though, fans of Sapphic historical romances will probably still enjoy this, especially if friends-to-lovers is your thing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    justinejustreads

    The Inconvenient Heiress is a sweet, sapphic friends to lovers regency with a bit of steam. Arabella and Caroline have been friends forever, but they are both in love with each other. The story had a few things going for it and a few things that didn't work as well for me. I think the overall plot was good and had a lot of potential. The support between these two friends, especially Caroline supporting Arabella's art, was just wonderful. That being said, I didn't really feel a lot of chemistry a The Inconvenient Heiress is a sweet, sapphic friends to lovers regency with a bit of steam. Arabella and Caroline have been friends forever, but they are both in love with each other. The story had a few things going for it and a few things that didn't work as well for me. I think the overall plot was good and had a lot of potential. The support between these two friends, especially Caroline supporting Arabella's art, was just wonderful. That being said, I didn't really feel a lot of chemistry and passion between these two. There was just a playfulness or some banter missing or something. I've struggled to put my finger on what exactly was missing between them. Caroline's siblings could have come right out of Pride and Prejudice and I thought they were really annoying and unbelievable. Overall I did enjoy the story and would give this author's books another try, this one was just not my favourite. 3.5/5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol Hutchinson

    Sweet and just lovely Arabella and Caroline have been friends since they were young, but now when Caroline is responsible for her siblings and no one expects her to marry, finds herself inheriting a fortune. Arabella worries when fortune hunters start coming to meet Caroline that she might marry, meaning Arabella would lose her love forever. I enjoyed every moment of this. Those forbidden feelings and moments Arabella and Caroline shared were magical but when everything changed for Caroline and Sweet and just lovely Arabella and Caroline have been friends since they were young, but now when Caroline is responsible for her siblings and no one expects her to marry, finds herself inheriting a fortune. Arabella worries when fortune hunters start coming to meet Caroline that she might marry, meaning Arabella would lose her love forever. I enjoyed every moment of this. Those forbidden feelings and moments Arabella and Caroline shared were magical but when everything changed for Caroline and she had to contemplate marriage my heart broke for them both. I was completely invested in them being together and so being on that emotional rollercoaster with them, especially Arabella I could only hope they might get their chance. It was terribly worrying for Caroline, to be thrown into situations she was unprepared for and not know what to do for the best meant she needed Arabella’s friendship more than ever, but the thought of everything changing for them was just awful for them both. I loved every moment they had together, from the more intimate ones, to the ones alone where realisation hit or moments of clarity provided them the answers they needed to do what was best for them. I really enjoyed this story and hope Arabella and Caroline will be in future stories of Jane’s because she has a real talent for delivering exciting regency romances that are rich, loving, and deeply sentimental.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaila

    3.5/5 stars I’ve absolutely loved all the previous books I’ve read by Jane Walsh, and this was really no different. A historical romance with two lifelong friends becoming lovers in a small coastal town, what more could we ask for? After Caroline and her family surprisingly come to inherit a large fortune and title, her problems seem to multiply in unexpected ways. Arabella, her lifelong friend and confidant is there for her along the way, but wishes she could push past her shyness to tell Caroli 3.5/5 stars I’ve absolutely loved all the previous books I’ve read by Jane Walsh, and this was really no different. A historical romance with two lifelong friends becoming lovers in a small coastal town, what more could we ask for? After Caroline and her family surprisingly come to inherit a large fortune and title, her problems seem to multiply in unexpected ways. Arabella, her lifelong friend and confidant is there for her along the way, but wishes she could push past her shyness to tell Caroline how she really feels. I’m not normally a huge fan of a friends to lovers storyline, but I felt that it was quite well executed in this book. The progression felt natural. There was so much love and support in the relationship, it really could only go up from there. Not only was it sweet and supportive, but there was also some flirty banter and cheeky moments which I loved from our two very responsible leads. While I really enjoyed the romance, it wasn’t my favourite out of Jane Walsh’s books. What really made this book feel all the more special were all the side characters, especially the Reeves family. They felt like they were taken right out of a Jane Austen novel with their loveable chaos and intricate web of relationships. I really did feel like I was reading an old favourite Austin novel, and there really is no better praise I could give for a historical romance. They gave so much life and heart to the novel, and made the overall plot super entertaining.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

    What an entertaining and thought provoking read. I am learning to enjoy romantic historical reads from the language, the clothing, the behavioral expectations, and the seasons. This slow burn regency era romance involves Caroline, a spinster focused on taking care of her brother and sisters after their parents died and Arabella, a talented artist longing to live an independent life. Arabella and Caroline have known each other since childhood. The self-talk as to what Caroline and Arabella were t What an entertaining and thought provoking read. I am learning to enjoy romantic historical reads from the language, the clothing, the behavioral expectations, and the seasons. This slow burn regency era romance involves Caroline, a spinster focused on taking care of her brother and sisters after their parents died and Arabella, a talented artist longing to live an independent life. Arabella and Caroline have known each other since childhood. The self-talk as to what Caroline and Arabella were thinking provided some insight into why they were acting the way they were acting. I really loved and appreciated the support and love shown by family and friends. What really made me smile was the wooing. Sweet! ARC provided by Bold Strokes Books, Inc. via NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charkie

    Sweet historical romance about falling in love with your best friend. Pro: MCs who care deeply about each other The language is suitable for a historical romance Talented MC working for her dream Con: Pacing - The pacing seems off, it's slow in the beginning and then at the tipping point of the book it's all of a sudden too fast. A bit predictable - The plot surrounding the heritage is a bit predictable. All in all, the romance part of this book is sweet and good, but the book has a few cons that for me Sweet historical romance about falling in love with your best friend. Pro: MCs who care deeply about each other The language is suitable for a historical romance Talented MC working for her dream Con: Pacing - The pacing seems off, it's slow in the beginning and then at the tipping point of the book it's all of a sudden too fast. A bit predictable - The plot surrounding the heritage is a bit predictable. All in all, the romance part of this book is sweet and good, but the book has a few cons that for me reduced the rating. This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    Two life long friends in their late twenties are neighbors in a small coastal town. Caroline has been left raising her five siblings and it is a thankless task. Arabella is an artist who lives with her brother and his wife and sells watercolor paintings to help support them. Life changes for Caroline when her brother unexpectedly finds he is heir to a Baron and there is now dowry money for the three daughters. This was a mixed bag for me. I loved the relationship from friends to more as Bel deci Two life long friends in their late twenties are neighbors in a small coastal town. Caroline has been left raising her five siblings and it is a thankless task. Arabella is an artist who lives with her brother and his wife and sells watercolor paintings to help support them. Life changes for Caroline when her brother unexpectedly finds he is heir to a Baron and there is now dowry money for the three daughters. This was a mixed bag for me. I loved the relationship from friends to more as Bel decides to woo Caroline. It is loving and gentle. The idiocy of Caroline’s family from the heir and the rest, with their new found wealth, was not shocking nor was it fun. The ending saves the story and I was happy for one and all. Thank you to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for the ARC in exchange for a review. (3.5 stars)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Talia

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 rounded down. While I enjoyed the romance of this book and found the plot compelling, it was not particularly well-written and there were some elements that were anachronistic. It was a sweet read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The Inconvenient Heiress by Jane Walsh is a queer historical romance set in the small seaside town of Inverley. This is a Regency romance with all of the elements you expect in such a novel, only with two gentlewomen as the protagonists. Ms. Walsh has become an expert at penning these tales and it shows in this book. Miss Arabella Seton, an artist living with her brother and his wife in Inverley and Miss Caroline Reeve, the eldest in a family of six children have been friends since childhood. For The Inconvenient Heiress by Jane Walsh is a queer historical romance set in the small seaside town of Inverley. This is a Regency romance with all of the elements you expect in such a novel, only with two gentlewomen as the protagonists. Ms. Walsh has become an expert at penning these tales and it shows in this book. Miss Arabella Seton, an artist living with her brother and his wife in Inverley and Miss Caroline Reeve, the eldest in a family of six children have been friends since childhood. For Arabella, though, friendship doesn’t begin to touch the true feelings she has for Caroline. For Caroline, life is quite complicated since after her parents died, as the eldest child, she is charged with raising her younger siblings. This is not easy since the family is all but impoverished. Then the Reeve family suddenly and unexpectedly inherits a fortune. I enjoy reading romantic novels from this period, and the author has the Regency style down pat. The setting, the characters, the clothing, and the language style are all authentic to the time period. Even the way the two women (spinsters as they are known) are treated in society is true to this age. I admit the way women are treated is something I sometimes have a little trouble with when I read these stories, but it is true to life. The story and romance in this book is really lovely, and I especially liked the epilogue in the tale. It is quite heartwarming. If you are a lover of historical romance during the Regency period involving a love story between two women, then you should try this book. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Al

    Thank you to Bold Strokes and netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an hoenst review! True rating 4.5 stars. The Inconvenient Heiress is a regency era sapphic romance between Arabella, a painter who dreams of love and independence, and Caroline, a spinster desperately trying to take care of and corral her siblings after her parents death. One seemingly normal summer sees Caroline's family suddenly becoming aware of a fortune that should have belonged to their father along with a baronetcy title th Thank you to Bold Strokes and netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an hoenst review! True rating 4.5 stars. The Inconvenient Heiress is a regency era sapphic romance between Arabella, a painter who dreams of love and independence, and Caroline, a spinster desperately trying to take care of and corral her siblings after her parents death. One seemingly normal summer sees Caroline's family suddenly becoming aware of a fortune that should have belonged to their father along with a baronetcy title that now belongs to Caroline's younger brother. As the long-felt romantic feelings between the girls grow into something more their lives they both also have to deal with the fortune changing their lives. I absolutely adored this book. It was the first I have ever read of Walsh's writing and I will absolutely be coming back for more. Her writing was vibrant and made me laugh and cry along with both girls and the entire Reeves family. The love and chaos amongst the family jumped off the page, along with the gorgeous seaside setting of their small English town. The longing and love between Caroline and Arabella was palpable and so strong, I also truly loved getting to see the girls grow and change for the better together. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a regency romance that isn't heavy on the misogyny and gives women their own power as well as highlighting a beautiful sapphic love story. I look forward to reading more of Walsh's work, especially more about the other spinsters featured in The Inconvenient Heiress.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelleen (booms.books)

    I have elected myself president of the Jane Walsh fan club that does not exist. I am painting us Lavender Menace-style t-shirts with stencils and foam brushes and I’ll order broaches on Etsy. I’ll wear a backwards baseball cap as my crown and shout my allegiance from the roofs of all of the buildings because I LOVE JANE WALSH. I, like so many of us, have been feeling increasingly as though my world is crumbling around me, so imagine my utter elation when I received an email from Bold Strokes that I have elected myself president of the Jane Walsh fan club that does not exist. I am painting us Lavender Menace-style t-shirts with stencils and foam brushes and I’ll order broaches on Etsy. I’ll wear a backwards baseball cap as my crown and shout my allegiance from the roofs of all of the buildings because I LOVE JANE WALSH. I, like so many of us, have been feeling increasingly as though my world is crumbling around me, so imagine my utter elation when I received an email from Bold Strokes that contained the gift of Jane Walsh’s new historical romance novel, The Inconvenient Heiress. There is nothing in the wide world that brightens my day faster than a Jane Walsh novel and this book brightened my world. This book—the start of a new series for her—has impeccable vibes. Let me paint you a picture (this is a clever joke because one of the heroines is a painter): Two poor women on the regency coast, friends to lovers, all the pining, an unexpected (and rather inconvenient) arrival of an unknown family fortune, the much more expected threat of losing the fortune, determined suitressing, a curvy heroine, a rockstar community of proud lesbian spinsters, two loving families, finding literally any excuse to kiss your best friend even though you’re just gals being pals, and the most stunning cover I have ever seen. This book is so tender. It’s soft and aching and delicate while at the same time being all the things I ever want in a historical romance novel—dramatic and lush and dynamic. Each word is so steeped in culture and convention and then with some magic flick of her wrist she’s flipped it all upside down onto its head. Jane Walsh writes with such a reverence for women and womanhood while embracing a vast and wondrous queerness. Reading a Jane Walsh novel is a dream with every page. It’s a reminder that we have always been here, that we have always been finding community and finding love, that we have always risked it all and been rewarded for our bravery, that queer love is about the quiet moments as well as the loud ones, that we deserve to wear flowy gowns and make our art and find our future, that we deserve to have our love and care returned to us in spades, that we deserve and deserve and deserve. Pick up a Jane Walsh romance novel. You won’t regret it. And there’s always room in our fan club. Thanks to NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for this ARC. Out August 16th, 2022.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I loved this! I took this book on a flight and finished it in one day and am Very Satisfied. I loved the writing, the setting, the characters, the whole vibe, and will definitely be following this series. I did have a lot of Stress while reading though - the Reeve siblings are “vulgar” and once they fall into fortune, my stress level just rockets because of all the risk of ruin they are constantly courting (also another easy reason why I read this in a day - I needed resolution FAST). It’s been a I loved this! I took this book on a flight and finished it in one day and am Very Satisfied. I loved the writing, the setting, the characters, the whole vibe, and will definitely be following this series. I did have a lot of Stress while reading though - the Reeve siblings are “vulgar” and once they fall into fortune, my stress level just rockets because of all the risk of ruin they are constantly courting (also another easy reason why I read this in a day - I needed resolution FAST). It’s been a while since I picked up a regency and I was really pleased with this! (view spoiler)[ So much of my stress was around their cousin, Mr. Taylor, and I hated it but also liked how back and forth I went with the “should we trust him/should we not”? I also definitely had the sense something bad was going to happen money wise, and did not expect Jacob to lose it all and for it to stay lost - I really thought once Taylor was exposed the money would be returned but I’m satisfied it wasn’t a deus ex machina (hide spoiler)] .

  14. 4 out of 5

    MissAlice 2U

    A lovely historical sapphic tale of famine to fortune, a dash of debutants and suitors, and a sweet HEA that made me smile. I'm a fan of this author and have read many of her works. This is a softer style of writing- nothing jarring or too unwholesome. I did think there was a lack of passion between the MC's- I needed a little bit more dialogue or chemistry initiating moments between them that solidified their love, but still a sweet read. It murders my spirit reading historical fics when I am r A lovely historical sapphic tale of famine to fortune, a dash of debutants and suitors, and a sweet HEA that made me smile. I'm a fan of this author and have read many of her works. This is a softer style of writing- nothing jarring or too unwholesome. I did think there was a lack of passion between the MC's- I needed a little bit more dialogue or chemistry initiating moments between them that solidified their love, but still a sweet read. It murders my spirit reading historical fics when I am reminded of the the oppressiveness of society toward women and am very glad to be living in the present. I loved the epilogue. The entire concept made me smile and laugh- it was the quintessential cherry on top of an enjoyable read. I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. This is a sweet historical sapphic romance. I liked the main romance, especially as it’s friends to lovers. Arabella and her dreams for independence and her artistic dreams really spoke to me, and I generally liked Caroline and her complex relationships with her family. It was also sweet seeing the development of the bond between the two with all the changes going on around them. But I wasn’t super invested…there was a I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. This is a sweet historical sapphic romance. I liked the main romance, especially as it’s friends to lovers. Arabella and her dreams for independence and her artistic dreams really spoke to me, and I generally liked Caroline and her complex relationships with her family. It was also sweet seeing the development of the bond between the two with all the changes going on around them. But I wasn’t super invested…there was a lot going on, but it wasn’t super fleshed out. And the pacing felt odd, with a lot of anticlimactic moments, and false lead ups to what I thought was meant to be the ending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard Evans

    An interesting story, with s9me good characterisation. I liked arabella in particular. I thought more could have been made of the hostility to sapphic romance which would have been a factor in regency times. I would assume families would disown people as a first reaction. I also wanted to know the backstory of mr Singh. Again, in regency times slavery was still practised in the British empire and society would have been divided on slavery. An Asian, according to Linnaeus was shifty and not to be An interesting story, with s9me good characterisation. I liked arabella in particular. I thought more could have been made of the hostility to sapphic romance which would have been a factor in regency times. I would assume families would disown people as a first reaction. I also wanted to know the backstory of mr Singh. Again, in regency times slavery was still practised in the British empire and society would have been divided on slavery. An Asian, according to Linnaeus was shifty and not to be trusted. How a Sikh managed to end up in rural England having been accepted in society would be a story to be be told.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Wenger

    Caroline is relieved when her brother inherits a title and a fortune. Now, she no longer has to scrimp to manage her family's finances. Instead, she can turn her attention to courting her best friend, painter Arabella. I loved the relationship between Caro and Arabella. It's a slow burn, with both characters hesitant to to jeopardize their friendship by pushing the romance too far. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review. Caroline is relieved when her brother inherits a title and a fortune. Now, she no longer has to scrimp to manage her family's finances. Instead, she can turn her attention to courting her best friend, painter Arabella. I loved the relationship between Caro and Arabella. It's a slow burn, with both characters hesitant to to jeopardize their friendship by pushing the romance too far. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    S

    This was my first time reading a book from Jane Walsh and I enjoyed the storyline it was an interesting historical sapphic romance.I loved the relationship between Caro and Arabella and how the relationship from childhood friends to lovers . Overall I loved the writing, the setting, and the characters,I will definitely be reading more from this author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dr E

    A treat that I didn’t even know I was waiting for. A regency romp, replete with siblings requiring suitors, an unexpected inheritance, a possible rotter or saviour relative, and friends suddenly sharing kisses. What is the world coming to? Nothing can top the perfection of the classic Pembroke Park, but this book came pretty close and is a delightful summer read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    It was quite a treat, beautifully crafted and I very much enjoyed the story. The main characters were great. Another one to be added to your collections. I recommend. Thank you NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    H M

    my God Caroline was super boring. the story was ok I enjoyed it. I wanted more depth on their struggles in society I think that would give the story the juice and make it special. moreover, I did not feel the chemistry of the main characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    3.5 stars. A sapphic historical romance set in a sleepy English seaside town. Arabella and Caroline have been best friends since childhood. Little do they know, each has been pining secretly for the other for years. When a change of fortune for Caroline's family separates the two, Arabella decides to take matters into her own hands and woo her. But can these two really take a chance on love? I don't mind a slow burn, but this book definitely dragged in the middle. Caroline and Arabella were very 3.5 stars. A sapphic historical romance set in a sleepy English seaside town. Arabella and Caroline have been best friends since childhood. Little do they know, each has been pining secretly for the other for years. When a change of fortune for Caroline's family separates the two, Arabella decides to take matters into her own hands and woo her. But can these two really take a chance on love? I don't mind a slow burn, but this book definitely dragged in the middle. Caroline and Arabella were very sweet together, but I wanted to smack all of their collective family members. Caroline's siblings are spoiled and entitled even before they inherit a fortune. And Arabella's brother and sister-in-law definitely take her for granted. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for the ARC to review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Rae

    A rompy historical romance, with a little fire. The Inconvenient Heiress is a friends to lovers story featuring two confirmed spinsters, they are only in their twenties, who are hopelessly and secretly in love. Caroline has devoted her whole life to raising her younger siblings, her one guilty pleasure is the time she gets with her closest friend Arabella. After her family is given a life changing fortune Caroline must figure out how to guide them in to proper society, and Arabella has to decide A rompy historical romance, with a little fire. The Inconvenient Heiress is a friends to lovers story featuring two confirmed spinsters, they are only in their twenties, who are hopelessly and secretly in love. Caroline has devoted her whole life to raising her younger siblings, her one guilty pleasure is the time she gets with her closest friend Arabella. After her family is given a life changing fortune Caroline must figure out how to guide them in to proper society, and Arabella has to decide whether risking their friendship is worth claiming the love of her life. I really enjoyed the friendship and love between Caroline and Arabella. They both go out of their way to make it each other happy, and support the other. There is also a fun little mystery as well. I’m not sure how historically accurate it is, but the story is a lot of fun.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This is such a lovely sapphic romance!! It's lifelong friends to lovers, which I love, but I feel like it hits different with queer relationships. The PINING...also because it's historical the stakes are high, the emotions are high, each of them thinks it's unrequited but they can't bear to lose their friend...mm. And as Caroline's situation changed, it put stress on her relationship with Arabella in a really interesting way, which made for some really compelling development between the two of t This is such a lovely sapphic romance!! It's lifelong friends to lovers, which I love, but I feel like it hits different with queer relationships. The PINING...also because it's historical the stakes are high, the emotions are high, each of them thinks it's unrequited but they can't bear to lose their friend...mm. And as Caroline's situation changed, it put stress on her relationship with Arabella in a really interesting way, which made for some really compelling development between the two of them. They also each developed independently really solidly, as each of them were dealing with their own stressors in their own lives. Arabella's arc was particularly poignant, and I loved seeing her grow into herself. The setting of a tourist destination seaside town was so picturesque, the families were very different but each felt really well developed and complex (as were the respective heroine's relationships to their families), and I enjoyed the friends, but my main criticism is how underutilized they were. They were present in the beginning, but then they largely disappeared, and when they were present they functioned as solely sources of advice for C&A. I wanted to get to know them! I enjoyed them every time they were on the page! Overall, a charming romance with great independent development for each of the heroine's, and I'm excited to see where this series goes. CW: Homophobia, sexual content, pregnancy Thank you to Bold Strokes Books & NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchane for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eugene Laho

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Carita

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michel'le

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