A very strong 3, almost a 3.5/4. This story was a pleasant Regency read that flowed well and stayed true to the voice and strong characterization of traditional Regency novels of yesteryear. I particularly liked the kind and independent heroine, Winnifred, whose lack of artifice was truly refreshing. I thought the circumstances of the physical consummation of their relationship were a little out of place in light of the traditional Regency tone and the restraint the H had shown up until that point. Nonetheless, it was overall an enjoyable read with no major flaws, a small secondary romance, and likable characters. Nothing truly groundbreaking, but a good book and sympathetic characters with whom to spend an evening.