The Finding of Miss Fairfield
by Grace Hitchcock
Forced into a betrothal with a widower twice her age, Charleston socialite, Sophia Fairfield is desperate for an escape. But, while her fiancé is away on business, he assigns his handsome stepson, Carver, the task of looking after his bride-to-be. Much to her dismay, Sophia finds herself falling in love with the wrong gentleman—a man society would never allow her to marry, given Sophia was supposed to be his new stepmother. The only way to save Carver from scandal and financial ruin is to run away, leaving him and all else behind to become a Harvey Girl waitress at the Castañeda Hotel in New Mexico.
Carver Ashton has had his life planned out for him since birth, but when he encounters Sophia Fairfield, he glimpses a new life—apart from his overbearing stepfather’s business. But, when the woman he loves disappears before he can express his devotion, Carver abandons all to find her. However, his stepfather has other intentions for Sophia and will stop at nothing until she is his bride . . . even if it is against her will.
Sometimes, I like to read a book without reading the back cover, because then anything that happens in its pages is more unexpected. This was one of those books. I read an ebook version, and didn’t even see the cover. So, initially, I had no idea this was going to be about a Harvey girl.
Miss Fairfield finds herself caught up with seemingly no way out, in an abhorrent arranged engagement. Her father decided she should marry his business partner, a man almost twice her age, who was already twice widowed. A man she cannot stand to be around.
Then her fiance, Mr. Payne (ironic name, isn’t it…) arranges that his stepson, Carver, be her escort in his own absence, well…then the music begins. You guessed it. Sophia and Carver fall in love. But there is seemingly no way out.
So, Sophia answers a Harvey girl ad, and runs away. Carver is devastated at her disappearance.
Mr. Payne is angered.
And both are determined to find her.
Meanwhile, Sophia finds herself.
I always love a good Harvey Girl story…
I really don’t want to give any more spoilers, but this story is sweet and funny. I found it delightful to read.
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