- File Size: 1492 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Orchard Hill Books (April 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E48GFXE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Gybford Affair: The heiress and the fortune hunter Kindle Edition
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Jack, 4th Marquess of Streatham has turned hard of heart in grief over losing his beloved Elizabeth and being thrown off his horse and hitting his head on a stone hasn’t helped his mood much. Frances is quick to rebuke his cold comments and they part with no desire to see each other again. But such separation is not meant to be as they meet at a social gathering where he attempts to apologize. But their laid-aside animosity is cast aside as a puzzle threatens to mar the pristine reputation Frances holds in the area. Someone is publishing letters in the local newspaper that hint at her improper and immoral behavior. At the same time a newly appearing soldier, Holbrook, appears and Frances catches him trying to force himself on a young woman and later much more harmful behavior.
The remainder of the story concerns increasing letters to the editor hinting at Frances and Jack’s relationship, a duel, an attempted kidnapping and more adventurous events. While the plot’s complexity will unravel, the beauty of this novel concerns the gradual transformation of Frances and Jack as both carry wounds from the past that are more of an obstacle to their growing closeness and misunderstandings.
Jen Black has crafted another winner that is fast-paced, intriguing and humorous in many scenes. While some of the characters are stereotypical in nature, the main characters have very human qualities that are shaped by the past but not irrevocably stuck in them. Feisty, enigmatic, devious, independent and sweet characters unite to shape a very nice read! Nicely done, Jen Black!
' this novel is the kind you want to curl up with on a winter evening under a blanket. It is a classic Regency Romance, one of the better written of the genre that I have come across, with characters that are distinct and memorable. They do exactly what you expect of them and in this genre that is what you want. '
The h is a rich heiress afraid of a man's touch because of her brief first marriage. The H is a rich Marquess afraid to love and touch a woman because his first wife died in childbirth. A perfect match, huh? The villain is a very awful fortune hunter. All the characters, even the side characters, were well developed and interesting. The plot was interesting and exciting and sad and happy.
The writing was very, very good. The author did a wonderful job of fleshing out the environment as well as the characters (even the dog and horse had personality). There were many instances of missing or misused (e.g., "then" vs. "they") words, but it was easy enough to fill in while reading (I suspect these instances were the result of transferring the text into the needed format and don't fault the author for them.)