Minervamarks the delightful debut of the Six Sisters series, a family saga in six volumes that recounts the romantic adventures of the six marriageable daughters of acountry vicar, the Reverend Charles Armitage, in Regency England.
Theeldest, Minerva, is enchantingly beautiful—but a prude. She lives in thecountry looking after her siblings while her mother reclines on a chaise longuehappily inventing new maladies. Her father, a vicar of decidedly secularinclinations, indulges a hearty passion for hunting instead of worrying aboutthe girls’ dowries. But when he wants to send his boys to Eton, the money mustbe found—and how better than by marrying Minerva off to a man of fortune?
Dispatchedto town, Minerva experiences her first season under the wing of an elderlyrelative. But age, it seems, is no guarantee of respectability, and Lady Godolphin’splan for a good time scandalizes her young charge. Minerva’s moralizingways make her the subject of a shocking wager among the rakes and dandies ofRegency London.
Meanwhile,the handsome Lord Sylvester Comfrey is observing her progress in the marriagemarket. For such a virtuous girl, Minerva unaccountably finds herself in someextremely compromising situations with this gentleman who, alas, professes notto be the marrying kind.