Aug 162018
 

Witty Repartee At It’s Best!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance, Historical Fiction

SETTING: Bath, 1816

SYNOPSIS: At the age of twenty-eight, Abigail Wendover remains an unmarried spinster of independent means. In the last few years she has been setting up house with her older unmarried sister, Selina, in Bath and raising their young orphaned niece, Fanny. Even though Abby isn’t at all opposed to marriage and would gladly entertain changing her situation for the right man, she has a bigger dilemma that is preoccupying her greatly at the moment – her beloved niece, at the inexperienced age of seventeen, imagines herself “violently in loves” with a fortune-hunter dandy in deep debt. Abby is determined to protect her niece’s heart and reputation at all costs! Continue reading »

Aug 132018
 

Can You Be Persuaded To Like Elizabeth Elliot?

 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Having read and utterly adored one series about Elizabeth Elliot, I was thrilled to see Melanie Stanford released a sequel novella to her clever modern adaptation of Persuasion, Sway that spotlights Elizabeth Elliot. (Side Note: Persuasion fans should definitely read Sway if they haven’t already – it is a wonderful adaptation of Jane Austen’s work that is fresh, creative, and filled with music!)

In this sequel, we meet up with Elizabeth who is running her own party planning business called Excessively Diverted (love it!), which isn’t exactly in the black quite yet. Of course, it doesn’t help that Elizabeth still goes to the spa weekly and must buy the latest designer handbag! While supervising the success of one her expertly planned parties, Elizabeth has the misfortune to overhear someone insulting her party (sounds like someone is about to make a spectacular first impression!) And being bold as brass, Elizabeth confronts this rude guest, who turns out to be Antonio Reyes, a wealthy CEO. Antonio has no problem clashing horns with Elizabeth at her party, but the next day he feels something like regret when he discovers that Elizabeth is the party planner his daughter wants him to hire for her Sweet Sixteen! Yikes! And even though Elizabeth loathes the ill-manner, arrogant jerk entirely, she might be persuaded to take him on as a client because she is in need of some funds to pay her mounting bills… Continue reading »

Aug 082018
 

Secrets, Bargains, and Escaping Cages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Birthday Gift

TYPE OF NOVEL: Traditional Regency Romance

TIME FRAME: Lancashire and Yorkshire England, 1820

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Kate Worthington: Doesn’t want to marry, would rather travel to India with her unmarried aunt
  • Henry Delafield: Kate’s childhood friend who will one day inherit his Grandfather’s estate, Blackmoore

SYNOPSIS: Every summer Kate’s best friend Sylvia and her older brother Henry travel to Blackmoore for a month-long holiday. For years Kate has been desperate to be invited so she can see the ocean and moors for the first time in her life and discover if there are indeed smugglers and ghosts that haunt the area. Finally when Kate is seventeen, she receives her first invitation to visit Blackmoore. And if Kate has her way, after her sojourn in the north she will meet up with her aunt and travel to India. However, Kate’s mother refuses to consent to her traveling to India unless she proves she is serious about not marrying – by receiving and rejection three marriage proposals. About to embark to Blackmoore and enjoy its pleasures firsthand, Kate now has difficult mission to accomplish… Continue reading »