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Brains and Beauty Paperback – November 19, 2015
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Jeanette Watts couldn't help but notice that all American romances seemed to be set in the South or the West. A staunch Yankee girl, she asked what is unromantic about the North, or the East? After living for four years in Pittsburgh and falling deeply in love with southwestern Pennsylvania, she found it the perfect location for a love story. Besides writing, she is also a dance instructor, costumer, the artistic director for several dance companies, an actress, and a history buff.
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I think the only things lacking in this book are sketches of the dresses. Ms. Watts describes Regina's fabulous wardrobe in rich detail. As a seamstress that has created countless period costumes herself, a few illustrations of the dresses Jeanette designed for Regina would add an extra dimension to the reading experience.
Having read the books in the order in which they were published, I think it would be fascinating to re-read them side-by-side. That just might be my recommendation for new readers! But always read from Thomas (Wealth and Privilege) to Regina (Brains and Beauty) and not the other way around.
Regina is tired of her marriage and especially of her husband. She's a beautiful woman but also very intelligent and hates not be considered by her husband. They are business partners but he made some wrong investments without consulting her and has endangered their wellbeing. Luckily she had put her money in other banks of which he is not aware. When she meets Thomas understands what it means to fall in love at first sight. But they are both married....
It's a great, lovable, fast-paced book, the author takes you deep inside the story and leaves you on the edge of your seat. I loved her writing: her historical reconstructions are so rich in detail, vivid, well described that really seems to be in Pittsburgh at the end of 1800. The plot is well constructed and believable. It's a great historical romance with a wonderful love story and an extraordinary heroine.
I recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance.
So if I’m honest about it I need to confess I would rate it 4.5 if I could but rounded it to 5 because my reasons for not rating it 5 are too personal and might apply to other potential readers. Moreover, I don’t like spoilers so forgive me for not giving many specifics below.
For starters, I prefer my reads to have steamy scenes between the protagonists and Brains and Beauty falls short on those. However that doesn’t mean it is dull. It’s just less X-rated than my favorite kind of books. LOL
I also didn’t agree with a few of Regina’s choices or the way she conducted some very personal businesses because the conflicts resulting from her attitudes ended up seeming a bit artificial (remember I don’t do spoilers so this is vague on purpose). On the other hand, many people may not agree with me when they read the book, which I encourage them to do by the way.
At this point you must be wondering why I recommend Brains and Beauty. Aside from personal differences of opinion between the main characters and I the book is very good. Jeanette Watts did an awesome job with characters’ creation not only with the main ones but mainly with the secondary characters, which makes a story richer and better. My favorite ones were Anthra and Bit, the Labrador Retrievers. LOL She also went to great lengths to research the time period the story is set in, which contributes both to a more complex pot and detailed background story.
Finally, I have to say that Regina Waring reminded me of Scarlet O’Hara while I read the book mainly due to her business acumen and forward thinking but also because of her nasty habit of making wrong decisions in her personal life as I mentioned above. In spite of that I love Scarlet just as I liked Regina very much.