- File Size: 633 KB
- Print Length: 329 pages
- Publisher: World Tree Publishing (May 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07117P4BK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Firstborn Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
For me, a touch of earthiness/realism, in both the major and minor characters, brought this story to life. The author has a way of capturing nuance and emotion in fine details, which draws the reader intimately into the scene. The romance is slow-growing and chaste. Overall, an entertaining, well-written story for historical romance fans.
(I received a review copy from the author. Opinions are my own.)
The story drew me in and I loved the characters and setting. It was a pretty fast read and had a great storyline. Sophia and Finn were a lot alike when it came down to it. They both wanted what was best for their nephew. Lucy I didn’t care for. She was selfish and spoiled. All in all this was a great story!