Monday, October 14, 2013

Book review: Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes

Reluctant Courtship

By Laurie Alice Eakes
Historical fiction, Regency
ISBN: 9780800734688
Print: $14.99, October
Ebook: $14.99, November; ISBN: 9781441243089


From the publisher:

A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future?

Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family’s country estate, she will hopefully stay out of trouble.

Under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French prisoners escape Meric Poole, Lord Ashmoor, must secure his place in British society. He needs a wife beyond reproach—something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not.

My review:

This third book in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series from Laurie Alice Eakes begins with peril, something the heroine, Honore, is apparently used to. As any aspiring authoress is wont to do, she uses her near-fall and rescue by impossibly handsome, muscular neighbor, Meric, Lord Ashmoor, as a future scene in her Gothic novel.

This story that rounds up the three Bainbridge girls’ romance in Regency England is written in the style of day; delightfully wordy with no apologies for lavish description, costume perils, food woes, and daily nitty-gritty. Readers have to appreciate the style of Jane Austen to catch the drift of the typical vocabulary of the day.

With double romance in the wind for Honore and her companion, thirty (gasp)-year-old Miss Morrow, the adventure winds among grave misconception, hurt feelings, aspirations, and dastardly deeds. Readers of this period will enjoy Eakes’s witticisms and humor. An American nobleman attempting to claim his inheritance in Britain is a fun twist on the usual brooding and occasionally reluctant lives of the aristocracy.

Told from both Honore and Meric’s points of view, readers will enjoy the ins and outs of high society, danger, and romance. Although Reluctant Courtship stands alone, many tantalizing references are made to the other books in the series.

 Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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