- File Size: 2571 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (September 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FGEC5N0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Bella's Betrothal Kindle Edition
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The dialogue is snappy and the pacing is good. I received an advance copy of the book for review, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
When the unscrupulous Lord Direlton hears of Bella’s pending arrival, he decides to kidnap her and have his way with her. He invites his buddies to partake, as well. Charles Lindsay is like a son to Bella’s uncle and wants nothing to do with the plot. He decides to rescue the girl, and falls in love with her at first sight. Part of him doesn’t believe the rumors and part of him doesn’t care about them. He’s already flaunting society by working as an architect, and Bella is working hard to clear her name. As time goes by and word arrives that her cousin is expecting while Bella is not, it becomes clear that Bella’s honor has not been compromised—until Direlton tries again to kidnap her and she and Charles are seen alone together late at night with their clothing rumpled. They must become betrothed to save both their honors.
I normally avoid historical romances. I absolutely hate anachronisms. There’s nothing worse than reading an historical book littered with modern idiom. When I expressed this opinion in an online discussion, Ms. Stenhouse challenged me to find an anachronism or modern idiom in her book, Bella’s Betrothal. I found one semi-questionable line that was so iffy, I didn’t even bookmark it.
Another of my pet peeves is the misuse of homonyms. One of the most confusing pairs is affect/effect. Rarely do I see the word effect used correctly as a verb. Yet, at twenty-seven percent of the way into the book, Charles says, “Give me the pen. I caused the damage, and I will effect a repair.” I almost fell out of my chair when I saw Ms. Stenhouse using “effect” correctly. Bravo! I have found a Regency author who not only avoids anachronisms, but knows how to write English grammatically! There must be something special about the Scottish school system, since that, I believe is where J. K. Rowling was also educated.
In addition to the historical consistency and good grammar, the characters are well-drawn and the action starts on page one and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Bella is never quite certain of Charles’s feelings for her, and Direlton and his men hover over them like the flaming sword of Damocles. I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to more accurate, well-written, page-burning historical fiction from Ms. Stenhouse.
Bella has acquired a dubious reputation and it is very much doubted that she would now make a good match. She is therefore despatched to an aunt in Edinburgh, where she meets Charles, an admirable man in many ways. He is immediately fascinated by the newcomer, but aware of her reputation he is understandably wary of an attachment.
The book is people with an excellent cast of characters, including a very bad 'un, and is true to period details.
In Stenhouse's hands, the tale unfolds at a cracking pace, and a pleasant rhythm.
Do we now expect a third tome: WIlhemina's Wedding?
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