Monday, October 22, 2018

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden

C 2017 Covenant Communications
Book 5 in the Jonquil Family Series

Let’s begin with the summary:

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. 

As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear. When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

And now, my review:

Having not read the earlier books in this series, I was at a loss at times as I read. However, the story hooked me right away and the humor! I laughed aloud several times reading this book. 

Of course the whole of the story isn’t so lighthearted that there are no valuable moments. 

I loved how noble the hero was—which is fitting, given the title. The heroine was an interesting character. I’m guessing she appears in earlier novels in this five-book series, so I think reading of her there would help understand her here. The mix of Spanish in the dialogue was fun to try to decipher;  I love languages.

As I mentioned, this is book five in the Jonquil Family series by this same author. I recommend reading them in order. (I did not.) That way, you won't be lost.

Such an enjoyable book, and a fast read as this was a short novel.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Miss Wilton’s Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack

Miss Wilton's Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack

Sequel to The Vicar’s Daughter

I enjoyed the book preceding this one, so it was a pleasure to find its sequel. 

Let’s begin with the summary:

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls boarding school. She is different in Bath more comfortable with herself and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.

When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine Lenora s newest and most troublesome student in the school is Mr. Asher's niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.

And now, my review:

Our heroine suffers from anxiety, especially in social situations. Unfortunately, during her time, there is little known about how to treat her symptoms. She has found that if she finds three things to see, two things to touch, and one thing to smell she can ground herself in the moment and overcome her anxiety.  

This author is a master storyteller. The romance thread really worked here, keeping me reading. She threw in unexpected elements, which also kept me hooked. 

I enjoyed the time setting and seeing this character find her way after the personal losses she suffered in book one. 

Though these two books may be able to stand alone, I suggest reading The Vicar’s Daughter first. (See my review of The Vicar's Daughter here.)

I recommend this book!

Friday, October 12, 2018

A Search for Refuge by Kristi Ann Hunter

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Let’s begin with the summary:

Margaretta Fortescue desperately needs to disappear from London society, and her only hope is to follow the rumors of another young woman who recently made a life for herself away from the glare of society. Her search leads her to the market town of Marlborough where, in spite of her efforts to avoid attention, she can't seem to elude local solicitor Nash Banfield.

All Nash wants is a quiet, sedate life--no risks or surprises. When Margaretta, clearly on the run and unwilling to answer questions, interrupts his solitude, his curiosity and his principles won't let him leave this determined woman without assistance.

But will discovering the truth about Margaretta make him think twice about finally taking a risk on love?

A Search for Refuge is an e-only novella that gives an exciting introduction to Kristi Ann Hunter's new Regency historical romance series, Haven Manor! Includes an extended excerpt of the first full-length novel in the series, A Defense of Honor.

And now, my review:

I enjoy Kristi’s prose. She includes cheery humor, especially in the elderly woman character. That’s enjoyable.

The hero’s wound keeps him fearful, and in order to protect the woman he loves, he keeps his distance. I thought his reasoning was interesting and fitting. Even today, there are no guarantees. (I'll leave it to you to read the book to discover what his hang-up is.)

The heroine has her secrets, but as the reader you may catch on right away. I sympathized with her and wanted things to work out.

This was a beautiful romance. And once again, as with previous Kristi Ann Hunter novels, I found myself highlighting beautiful phrases that could apply to me.

I’m off to read more books by this author.