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In historical romance novels, courting is always something this is amazing, eventful, unnerving and momentous to the parties involved. With this novel, Swafford shares the underlying embarrassment and doubt that many women must have faced when asked for their hand in marriage. It is entertaining and quite refreshing to read about self-consciousness and identity crisis when not all novels are anywhere like it. The typical historical romance novel goes something like this—man desires woman, woman desires man, courting begins or they start seeing each other in secret until socially acceptable. The fact that Swafford delves into the woman’s self-worth for how she sees herself is insightful and interesting, even though she has a significant amount of support.
Diana is a brave and young soul, traveling to London for the first time for a musical soiree. Her eyes have been on one gentleman for a while; however, she soon finds out that other women share her interest in the same gentleman. Mr. Richfield seems like a nice and decent man, his head always held high and his reputation of being a good man proceeds him. When he finds interest in Miss Forester—Diana—he can’t seem to be anywhere else. At the musical soiree, he makes his desires known by asking her if he would be welcome at her home, visiting her family. This basically means that he wishes to court her or get to know her much more than already so. Shocked and quite confused, she doesn’t give him the best possible answer—but knows that he may be the worth getting to know when he arrives at her house before she does, weeks later. With strife over a highwayman going around wild, accusations are thrown around loosely but are they true? Can Mr. Richfield be a highwayman—going around and hurting families, taking their jewels to substantiate his own power and wealth?
Swafford has an elegant, swoon-worthy story-line with fantastic character development. It is not hard to become captivated by a few of the characters portrayed to such great extent. This book is fast-paced, making it easy to read. This author provides so much creativity, it is quite contagious. There are a few spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read, but the story-line is solid. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this definitely will not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of historical romance and regency novels, you may be quite pleased with this novel.
A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
Diana Forester shows us how awkward going to soirees can be. John Richfield is seen as a means to an end by Diana’s aunt. Aren’t you glad this practice has long since died out in this country? Diana’s sister seems to have the petulant child down pat – you want to tell her to get over herself.
One thing that frustrated me was Diana kept apologizing – one thing that wouldn’t fly today. At times she felt way beyond her years and others she showed just how young she is. Her sister was a frustrating character because she kept getting in the way of Diana getting to know John. For me, it seemed the turning point of the story was when her brother James came home. The speed of the story picked up and the scenes seemed to flow better.
This story shows that back in the day sex had its place later in a relationship. People connected on the emotional level first. There were also those people that were looking for a fiscal advantageous relationship. Our author shows how times were simple back then especially how they had to amuse themselves without all the technology we have today.
In this book, I found it difficult to build a romantic relationship when for the first half of the book our two main characters spent very little time together. I was actually glad to see the mystery of the highwayman. The actions of our mystery man helped to get a relationship started that I wanted to see more of.
I loved the idea of reading a clean romance because they just seem so few and far between. And I also enjoyed reading of a time long gone – things seemed so simple back then. But I found myself frustrated in not seeing more of a relationship that should build over time. I got to the point where I wanted to speed read just so I could find our couple together. When I got to the end, I was glad to see a happy ending but I’m not sure that I would read the book again. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book but felt that it was kept clean because the couple hardly spent any time together.
I received this book for review from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.
Diana is of age and as all young lady in this time of their life should find a husband. Her dowry is not a big one and two gentlemen have asked for her hand. The first one was her best friend and she could never love him that way. The second one is quite influential in many ways, which make her believe that he will be disappointed with her humble origins and soon be off to his own life.
Imagine her surprise when he arrived in her hometown even before she did. All seam perfect until her sister and her best friend decide that her husband to be is the notorious Highwaymen. The rumors could ruin him and how would he take it if he knew it was her sister who started the rumors?
I enjoyed Chaotic Courtship by Bethany Swafford for her clean writing and easy reading. It was a fun, witty and fast read. It will be enjoy by YA as well as Adults of all ages.
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