Crash has never let the circumstances of his birth, or his lack of a last name, bother him. His associations may be unsavory, but money, friends, and infamy open far more interesting doors than respect ever could. His sole regret? Once lovely, sweet Daisy Whitlaw learned the truth about how he made his fortune, she cut him off.
Daisy’s father is dead, her mother is in ill health, and her available funds have dwindled to a memory. When the local parish announces a charity bequest to help young people start a trade, it’s her last chance. So what if the grants are intended for men? If she’s good enough, she might bluff her way into a future.
When Crash offers to show her how to swagger with confidence, she knows he is up to no good. But with her life in the balance, she’s desperate enough to risk the one thing she hasn’t yet lost: her heart.
Rating: Narration – A; Content – B
As was the case with Once Upon a Marquess, the book in Courtney Milan’s new Worth Saga that precedes this novella, reactions to Her Every Wis have been mixed. That said, I found it to be more cohesive in many ways than the novel. Because of the shorter format, the storyline is simpler and less complex – not that there aren’t complexities, because there are – but with fewer characters and fewer obvious foibles, there is more room to concentrate on the relationship between the protagonists, something I felt lacking in the previous story.
Daisy Whitlaw appeared in Marquess as a friend of the heroine, Judith. Daisy’s father was a successful tradesman, but after his death, Daisy and her invalid mother have found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. In an attempt to better provide for them both, Daisy enters a competition offering a prize of fifty pounds to the person (not the man, as she points out more than once) with the best idea for setting up a new business. Daisy knows her proposal is sound, yet when the day comes to announce the shortlist of ten, she is nonetheless astonished to find herself one of the ten. On discovering that ‘D. Whitlaw’ is a woman, the other entrants – all men – are disgusted. Daisy is insulted and ridiculed, her confidence deserts her and she starts to question her wisdom in having entered the competition in the first place.
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