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Sophia Brixton has taken on her sister's responsibility for the simple reason that her sister is a total flake. Finn is an uber responsible lord of the realm and seeks to take on the responsibility of an errant younger brother.
The wastrel and the flake have procreated with no thought to taking care of their responsibilities. Into this situation, our protagonists meet, rub each other the wrong way, then come to care.
Quenby Olson weaves a lovely tale that keeps one enthralled throughout. I highly recommend it for those who are tired of the lust driven storylines that fail to develop characters. You will get to know these characters and know their motivation, believe their love story and root for their HEA.
Set in Regency England, The Firstborn is Sophia's story. She's smart, loving, and loyal to her family — so much so that she's sacrificed everything for her younger sister, Lucy and the girl's illegitimate baby, George. Sophia has created a ruse, assuming the role of a young widow and pretending to be George's mom. Now Lucy has run off and Lord Finnian Haughton appears on Sophia's doorstep making inquiries about the child. It seems his younger brother is George's father and Lord Haughton does not want a scandal.
The Firstborn is an engaging story and I enjoyed the back-and-forth between Sophia and Lord Haughton (Finn). From Sophia's obvious dislike for him upon first meeting to their mutual desire to ensure little George is safe and cared for despite two very irresponsible birth parents. Author Olson also gives us some wonderful secondary characters. I particularly liked Lord Haughton's sister and the elderly Lady Rutledge.
While I did receive my ebook copy of The Firstborn as a gift, but I'm looking forward to adding it to my paper book collection when it's available in that format as I already own 2 other Quenby Olson titles in paperback.
I've enjoyed Ms. Olson's other books, so I looked forward to reading this with gusto. As is the norm for her work, The Firstborn is filled with glorious prose, exquisite dialogue, and characters so real, one half-believes they can reach out and touch them. As I was reading, I kept imagining how beautiful a film or a miniseries it would make. Olson manages to tackle a stigma that persists in some degree to this day without judging the past, but rather convicting the reader to show more compassion and kindness to those around them. This book is the soul sister of Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice; while the characters and plot couldn't be more different, they evoke the same emotional experience. I can't wait to read more Regency era stories from Ms. Olson.
But I bought this one because one of my favorite dirty authors mentioned this author is one of the few she "one clicks." And I loved it. Even though the book is about a baby born out of wedlock, I gradually realized no lust would be acknowledged. I was already too interested to stop reading. First I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading, and then I put aside everything else until I finished it. In other words, the author kept me wanting to know what happened next.
I found the characters and plot realistic (which separates this book from the sickeningly sweet romance category). What are you supposed to do when your younger, irresponsible sibling creates a baby outside of marriage and is not interested in caring for it--at a time when the baby's existence alone can cause the entire family to be ostracized? Both the hero and heroine of this story (the older siblings, or firstborn) have to grapple with the problem. It's nice to see the hero evolve into a more caring person and to see the heroine, who has done the right thing all along, allow herself to accept his help.
The book is not perfect although it is well written and well edited. I think there were a few small plot holes, and I'm not sure the dialogue is authentic for the time and class. I would have liked to see the hero show more interest in and become more attached to the baby. I also don't know why the pastor's son was included at all. All these are quibbles.
Did I say clean? Just one or two sweet kisses at the end.
Overall, five stars for a well-written, interesting story.
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