This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half
Date of Review: 06/02/12
Is it possible to find that love again when you made the wrong choice with who you thought was your first love? Amelia Caine, Lady Audley, is trying to get her life back in order after her disastrous marriage to David adn his death. She is trying to put together a renovation project for a foundling home and it throws her in the path of Jake Hillary. Jake was her first love but she married another thinking that David loved her and Jake didn’t. She does find that David married her because he wanted to separate her from Jake for his own reasons which they both find out later. Amelia and Jake decide to marry but there is an obstacle. Jake and Amelia need to sort through the issues before they can find happiness together. Amelia has a friend, Bibi, who like her, is being ostracised by society. This ostracism comes about as it is believed Bibi has had an affair with one lady’s husband. We eventually find out the nature of the affair and what else this lady’s husband has done to others. Bibi does not care what others think of her and she makes stabbing comments to Jake as she is afraid of losing her only friend. Amelia has to try not to lose her friend and Jake and finally gets them to be friends.
Jake Hillary has always loved Amelia. He was bitter when she married another, who he thought was his best friend, but came to realize the reason why she did so and David’s role in the deception. Jake is probably the more sensitive one of the sons in his family and is often teased by his sea captain brother about his supposed unmanliness. Jake is often clumsy in Amelia’s presence but she only sees him as trying not to be near her.
A second story line is that of Jasper Hainsworth and Bianca (Bibi). This plays out the fullest and it is great to see that despite Bibi’s cynicism about marriage, she is able to see Jasper’s good qualities and consent to marry him. She doesn’t see all that he does for her but still falls for him. Bibi cannot believe that he is willing to support her against the others including his own sister.
This is definitely a story of misunderstandings. Jake and Amelia were both manipulated by David so that he could have what Jake couldn’t. The plans they make are then thrown into chaos with new news from a stranger. I liked this story as a follow up to the first book Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel.