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Brains and Beauty Paperback – November 19, 2015
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About the Author
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.