It's hard not to love everything that Dare pens - she is so good at sparkling dialogue and heroines that are fresh and happy. I think the latter is a big reason why I LOVE her books, the heroines are happy people, who choose that no matter their circumstances. It makes me feel good to read about them.
I just wish this were an actual full length novel. I had a hard time understanding Lord Dashwood's motives because there wasn't enough time to explore them. It all came to an end and he sort of plopped it out there in a speech that reveals all. Which is never really effective in terms of feeling sated as a reader. Alas, a novella will do that to you.
Aside from that, I cared none for the reunion side plot because it was pointless filler. But still, overall, I soaked up Nora's parts and enjoyed her banter with George, uncovering her vulnerabilities and watching her courage. I'm happy to see another Spindle Cove book on the horizon.