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The Vicar's Daughter

(A Proper Romance #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,069 ratings  ·  386 reviews
Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice exce ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Shadow Mountain
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#1. Don’t write a Regency novel and then insert all sorts of modern inventions and events. If you long to give the characters all these conveniences and pieces of music, write a Victorian novel.

#2. Research doesn’t make a book authentic if it is conducted in the wrong era.

First of all, the main character and I didn't bond well as she complains about her life and begins a careful plan to write to a young man in her sister’s name in order to get her sister out of the way so she can debut and have
Deanne Patterson
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Cassie, the youngest of 6 daughter's of the Wilton family is bright ,beautiful and ready to make her debut into society. The only problem is she has to wait until her older sister,Lenora marries before she may be presented to society. Her older sister suffers from anxiety so Cassie devises a plan that she thinks is fool proof for getting her married off. As we all know even the best laid plains often go astray and sometimes with disastrous,sometimes hilarious results. An exciting clean read, I w ...more
Katie (Hiding in the Pages)
What do you do when you're so caught up in a story that you don't want to put it down for anything? You read all day, of course!

Cassie is the youngest daughter of a vicar and isn't allowed to "come out" to society until her older, extremely anxiety-ridden and shy, sister is married off. Cassie has the very best intentions at heart when she secretly writes letters to a potential beau, posing as her sister, but it all backfires in a heart wrenching way.

When my husband and I were first dating, I re
Julie Carpenter
I love Josi Kilpack's Proper Romance novels. I've really enjoyed reading them. I've read all but Lady of the Lakes and have just started it. When she started writing under this line of books I was so excited. I'd read several of hers as a teenager and in college and loved them, but they weren't historical fiction or regency so imagine my pure delight when I realized a favorite author was writing in one of my favorite genres. Happy Dance!!!! Yeah, I'm way past those teenage and twenties years but ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved the Regency countryside setting, with the vicar's family at the center of the story along with the newcomer heir to one of the largest estates in the neighborhood. There is a strong focus on the complex dynamics of family relationships which I enjoyed. I loved seeing the generosity Evan's uncle has for him, especially since in most stories the distant heir is reviled or seen as undeserving. Evan's genuine compassion for his uncle's sorrow creates a balance in their relationship where the ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Apr 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
This is third in a series, but I don't see the connection to the others.

I'm abandoning this trainwreck at 25%. I kind of like Evan. He's kind and considerate and determined to do the right thing. He has a tough situation where he has to rise to an inheritance he never expected and that includes a higher social station than he knows anything about. But he's doing his best and treating others with respect, including his often-drunk great uncle.

Cassie, on the other hand, is a mess of stupidity, arr
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Happiness is reading books by Josi Kilpack. She has refined her craft and become such a fabulous writer. This book felt more like a journey than a story. Her characters, flawed yet so endearing, settled right into my mind and my heart.

This story weaves several characters together- Cassie, Evan and Lenora. Each play a vital role in the story. Cassie has become impatient waiting for her older sister Lenora to make a match and decides to take matters into her own hands. What starts as a little cha
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a C at AAR, so that's 3 stars.

The Vicar’s Daughter is a cautionary tale in which a young woman who is frustrated with her lot in life tries to engineer her way to a better situation and ends up causing pain and heartache for herself and those closest to her. Cassandra Wilton discovers that the road to hell really is paved with good intentions when she tries to help her older sister to make a match with a suitable young man but ends up losing her own heart in the process. It’s a r
Jessica Wolf
How delightful--a five star story I didn't see coming!

As I challenge myself to read more thoroughly and patiently throughout this year, I was initially a little wary of The Vicar's Daughter. The story starts off rather quickly and with little prelude to the main dilemma that would eventually carry the novel through. This left me feeling frustrated because I felt like I didn't know the characters enough to truly be invested in their problems. But then, somewhere around the 1/3 mark, something cha
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book I've recently read that has the theme of "O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!"
Cassie Wilton is the youngest of the 6 daughters of the vicar and Mrs. Wilton, and wants nothing more than to have her turn entering society and all that entails, since she is now 20 years old. There's just one thing standing in her way--her older sister, Lenora, who is extremely shy and suffers from anxiety so badly that she doesn't like to attend dances and other so
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
I was sort of blown away by this book; I honestly expected a good regency, but this was amazing! Cassie who is the youngest of six daughters to the local vicar cannot "come out" until her older sister is married. She feels it is so unfair, which come on, I am with her, it is completely unfair! Why does she have to wait for her sister? It is crazy, but anyway, that is the rule of their family! So Cassie has this brilliant idea that she will write to a potential suitor for her sister, as if she is ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are six sisters in the Wilton family and as such, the family rule is that only one girl can be "out" at a time. Poor Cassie is twenty-years old and anxious for her debut, but her older sister Lenora isn't yet married, so Cassie has to wait. And she's going to be waiting a long time because Lenora is painfully shy and horribly anxious in any social situation, so her chance of making a connection with any young man is slim. Yet, one night in a garden, Evan Glenside, a new member of the commu ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
A great story about the youngest of 6 daughters whose father is of course the vicar. I loved the growth that Cassie goes through as she tries to help her sister find a match. Poor Lenora! If you read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about. I loved the charming setting of the vicarage and the details of how the family worked together. The romance takes a backseat as Cassie tries to find redemption for her mistakes. ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-georgian
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions".

I fully expected someone to say that to Cassie in this book; with both her parents constantly moralising at her, it seemed an obvious line.

I felt deeply for Cassie in this book; the youngest of six sisters, her strict parents have decided to firmly enforce the rule about only one daughter permitted to be out in society at a time. Their first four daughters married themselves off easily enough before the next was even old enough to come out, but
Brooke -Brooke's Books
Another great one from Shadow Mountain's A Proper Romance Line.

Dec 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
Nope. This book definitely wasn't for me. The writing was ok, but omg were the characters and plot annoying. The first quarter was pretty enjoyable, but things quickly went downhill. First, the main character was so selfish! I didn't mind this at the start since obviously she was supposed to grow throughout the book, but I think she was still pretty selfish by the end. And even worse, she just became really annoying (as were most of the other characters).

I could honestly forgive the annoying ch
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO many thought about this book! I had to sit and just process it all when I finished, trying to decide exactly what my thoughts were! Do you ever do that?
I don't know that I particularly loved the characters, but the story was intriguing and I was satisfied with the ending. I didn't like the lying and deception, but really, that's what made the story a story, so I really can't fault that either.
I'd love to read more about Mr. Glenside's sisters and mother. They seem incredibly likable and rela
3.5 out of 5 stars.
The first book I read by this author was Miss Wilton's Waltz. I really enjoyed that book. So much so that it made my top 10 read of 2018. So when I found out that there was a book before the one I read, and it was about her sister, Cassie. I was on a mission to read it.
Although I really enjoyed the writing and most of the characters, I just couldn't relate to the main character, Cassie. Everything she did was for a selfish reason. And even after she realized the damage she c
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me first start off saying, I was not a fan of this author. No offense to the author but a few of her novels I just didn't connect with. I was reluctant to read this after a recommendation from a friend. But I thought the storyline sounds good, so lets give it another shot. Three times a charm is what I call it. This surprised me big time. I wanted to know what would happen between Cassie, Lenora, and Evan. Would the deception continue when feelings for one of the sisters felt real? Then thro ...more
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was an absolute delight from start to finish. I knew right away I was going to love Cassie from her first line to herself, "Please help me remain clam." That sentence is constantly running through my head. Cassie was a delightful character. She had her flaws (mostly in starting to write the letters to help herself with her own debut), but in time things changed for her. Evan was also a great character. He had a calming presence. I felt his heart breaking over his uncle's struggles. I e ...more
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun telling of a girl who just wants love and desires to help her sister gain it before she can. But, as all things go, it doesn't go as planned and becomes a thing that must be corrected. Cassie tries so hard. I adore how this all plays out. Definitely a MUST-READ!
I'm officially a Josi S. Kilpack fan!!! ...more
Donna Weaver
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's hei
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful read. I enjoyed all the characters and their different personalities. Cassie's spunk and Lenora's shyness create a perfect combination for trouble. It's a wonderful mess that's created and I wasn't sure how things were going to end. When the natural consequences played out, I accepted that and knew it was okay. However, there was a surprise at the end that brought a smile to my face. I would recommend this book to any romantic at heart. ...more
Kirsi Johnson
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story about missteps, good intentions, making amends, and choosing to learn from the past rather than letting it cripple you. Sprinkle in a love story, and you've got a good recipe for success. ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Another enjoyable read!
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean, Christian faith elements
This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the dilemma that Cassie faced, and her growth, and that of Lenora over the course of the novel made for an interesting read. I suspended my disbelief that she would write knowing the societal restrictions at the time.
Evan's honest heart, and character as he tries to struggle through his assimilation into genteel society, trying to help his family, and heal his Uncle's heart as well was an interesting read. The manip
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read a Kilpack Historical Fiction I enjoyed, which is not to take away from her talented writing. Rather, I have decided that I'm not a fan of true stories within this genre. The problem is because I struggled with the latest couple books, I was unsure as whether to try again.

The Vicar's Daughter is a fresh new approach to a heavily saturated market of stories. Often you will come across a story you love, amazing characters, lots of chemistry etc, but yet the plot will
Kelly Tyree
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vicar's Daughter was a delightful book about how good intentions don't always lead to good results. Lenora and Cassie are sisters and are living under the rule that only one can enter society at a time. Cassie is ready to have an opportunity to meet a man and get married but has to wait for Lenora to marry first. The problem is Lenora is extremely shy and has already had several unsuccessful seasons.

After encouragement from Cassie, Lenora attends the first ball of the season. She meets a ma
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I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.

Other books in the series

A Proper Romance (6 books)
  • A Heart Revealed (A Proper Romance #1)
  • Lord Fenton's Folly
  • All That Makes Life Bright: The Life and Love of Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott
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“Cassie Moved Forward, Soft and Silently Enough That She Was Mere Inches Away from Him Before He Looked up at Her. She Lifted a Hand to His Cheek, Her Heart Pounding and Blood Rushing Through Her Veins.The Warmth of His Skin Against Her Hand Made Her Whole Body Tremble and When He Placed His Hand Upon Hers, Her Chest Tightened. The Intensity of His Gaze Confirmed to Her That What They Felt for One Another Would Surpass Anything He Thought He Felt for Lenora.” 0 likes
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