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To Woo and To Wed

The fifth and final installment in Martha Water's delightful Regency Vows historical rom-com series.

A second-chance Regency romance between Sophie and West, who were nearly engaged until an accident and his interfering father threw them off-course. Sophie married someone else but has recently been widowed. Her sister is also widowed but reluctant to start a new romance until Sophie is settled. Not wanting to hold her sister back, Sophie hatches a plan with West. They will temporarily pretend to become engaged so her sister can move forward, but old feelings bubble up.

I have read this series since the beginning, and while I was sad to see it end, Waters wrapped things up in a really lovely way for her fans and the wonderful characters she created. This swoony romance features fun tropes, witty dialogue, and loads of romantic tension.

I loved Sophie and West and rooted for them. They had a lot of history and feelings to work through, but they also had great chemistry. West has been one of my favorite side characters across the series, so I was excited to see him take center stage. He is a cinnamon roll, and with this book, he became my favorite MMC from across the series--and that's saying something because this series is packed with endearing and memorable characters.

Waters writes comedy well, and the shenanigans among this friend group are always entertaining. However, these books also touch on social commentaries. Set during the Regency era, they examine societal expectations and constraints on women and have feminist themes. And in this one, I also appreciated that there was disability representation.

This is a charming and nostalgic wrap-up to the series, complete with a heartwarming epilogue, and I can't wait to see what Waters writes next!

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for the gifted ARC

Pub Day is Feb. 6, 2024

My steep was Lady Londonderry from the English Tea Store. A black tea with strawberry and lemon, and it's delicious hot or iced.


West, the Marquess of Weston, and Sophie, Lady Fitzwilliam Bridewell, have lately been spending a considerable amount of time together. But West and Sophie are not new acquaintances. In fact, years ago, they had once been nearly engaged until West's almost fatal curricle accident and his meddling father threw them off course.

Now recently widowed, Sophie has put aside all thoughts of romance. But when her widowed sister, Alexandra, mentions a fondness for an earl, Sophie realizes that she may be holding her sister back. Alexandra won't move forward with an engagement until Sophie, too, settles down again, and so Sophie approaches West with a plan. They will announce their engagement and break things off once Alexandra is happily married. It'll be simple. After all, it's not like she is going to fall for West a second time, not when Sophie has sworn not to risk her heart again.

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