An Inheritance for the Birds by Linda Banche
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Snapdragon
Love Letters Series
Make the ducks happy and win an estate!
Mr. Christopher "Kit" Winnington can't believe the letter from his late great-aunt's solicitor. In order to inherit her estate, he must win a contest against her companion, Miss Angela Stratton. Whoever makes his great-aunt's pet ducks happy wins.
A contest: What a cork-brained idea. This Miss Stratton is probably a sly spinster who camouflaged her grasping nature from his good-natured relative. There is no way he will let the estate go to a usurper.
Angela never expected her former employer to name her in her will. Most likely, this Mr. Winnington is a trumped-up jackanapes who expects her to give up without a fight. Well, she is made of sterner stuff.
The ducks quack in avian bliss while Kit and Angela dance a duet of desire as they do their utmost to make the ducks--and themselves--happy.
An Inheritance for the Birds follows young master Kit as his life sets off on a quirky new course- a chance to inherit aunty's estate...or possibly not.
Christopher 'Kit' is a likable enough character, with (sensible) doubts about the extradorinary opportunity that lands in front of him. Yet, he sets off, with rather minimum expectations and some hope. It could all be a joke or then again, the opportunity of a lifetime.
Miss Stratton (not at all what he expected) starts out a competitor. Poor Kit, who does seem remarkably able to adjust to circumstances, even has a passing hope that she might set her sights on seducing him to win the contest...Then again, there might just be more than one 'contest' going on here. This story is full of unpredictable twists and turns. Quirky events and wry humor frequently lighten and speed events along.
Quirky, also, were the point-of-view changes which seemed to crop up randomly, and while useful to humorous effect, were in fact also rather distracting. No other point caused any complaint. Conversations, like fowl behavior, were believable and often hysterical. Descriptions were exceptional, and wonderful for setting the mood.
Picture the grand old manor house, first sighted through flashes of lightening during a storm or imagine the cozy conversation over scones at breakfast. Characters, events, and setting were completely engaging and delightful - yet deliciously surprising .
Fans of the English historic setting with the classic romance will really enjoy this one. Everything about this one is "right as a trivet."