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- ASIN : B07CRNFCHV
- Publisher : Covenant Communications (June 1, 2018)
- Publication date : June 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1374 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,541 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But then this book ended. No dramatic climax. No epilogue. Nothing. Just...done.
There should have been a big punchy scene to build to the end, but ...no.
No duel between suitors, no dramatic flight away from the hero so he could chase our heroine across country, no rescue from the clutches of evil relatives.
Just hey-let's-get-married?-okay! and it was finished.
This was going to be a five star. It deserves a two for that ending...or lack of...but the rest of the book was so well written, and I loved these characters so much, I had to go with three stars.
Ah! I have been waiting forever to see a meeting between the Duke of Kielder and the Earl of Lampton--and this was better than I could have imagined. Loved it. That said, even though I've been eager for that particular plotline, it didn't overshadow Linus's and Arabella's story. They are both sweet and kind, and I truly enjoyed watching their friendship blossom love. True to form, Sarah Eden gives you deep characters that you wish were real, scenes and comments that will have you snorting with laughter, and polished writing. Fantastic read; lots of fun.
You probably could read this as a stand-alone, but it's much better if you're read the previous books in the two series it ties together (The Lancaster Family and The Jonquil Brothers) to fully appreciate its awesomeness.
At the heart of the book is the story of Linus and Arabella. It was wonderful to get to know Linus better! He is intuitive, unselfish, hard working, and great with kids. He is quite a catch! Arabella is unassuming and kind. She has such a tender connection to the Jonquils. I loved Linus and Arabella together! They were perfect for each other.
Now...Adam and Philip. I must admit that seeing their interactions was what made me the most excited about a book including both families. Oh, my! Did that ever live up to expectations! I also loved seeing or hearing about other members of the families. I just love them all!!
You don't have to read all of the books in the two series to enjoy this one, but I would recommend reading at least one of the other books in the Lancaster series, preferably Seeking Persephone, so that you know Adam and understand more about him and his title as the Dangerous Duke, and reading Friends and Foes in the Jonquil series so that you know Philip well. However, if you read this book first, you'll get to have some great "ah, that's why that happened" moments as you read the other books in the two series. And trust me. You'll want to read the other books!
I truly liked Linus and Arabella. They both seemed like kind and honest people. I like how Arabella's sad past didn't make her a bitter person, but a person who just truly wanted to love someone and be loved in return. Linus was someone struggling to find out who he was and what he wanted to do with the life given to him.
I liked the bringing of the two worlds together, but again, I would have preferred it with more scenes between Linus and Arabella, and perhaps another kiss or two.
Top reviews from other countries
The slow pace of the romance I understood, much of the misunderstandings between the shy companion and modest lieutenant were believable although I thought Linus at one time backing off in the face of Doctor Scoresby's rival suit was out of character. Also his holding hands with Arabella while visiting her sick room (even with a chaperone present) was an allowance that in that society would have only been made to a sibling or a fiance. Even if such behaviour was tolerated it would be tantamount to a declaration and both Linus and Arabella would know this. His behaviour towards Arabella went far beyond that of Captain Wentworth's with Louisa Musgrove and Wentworth was saved from being obliged to offer for Louisa only thanks to her fickle nature. So in short Linus would have been frowned on by all concerned when he hived off back to Shropshire without declaring himself. His behaviour would have been deemed ungentlemanly.
I doubt the author had any such thing in mind and because I like the rest of the story and characters so much I will overlook this unlikely plot element along with the poor introduction of Doctor Scoresby's presence in Shropshire where he arrived uninvited and imposes himself upon Linus without any valid or tenable excuse. His behaviour would have been seen as the height of bad manners and I doubt it would have been tolerated nor is it likely the physician would risk alienating the Dowager Countess, an important patient, by indulging in inappropriate behaviour incited by jealousy.
The Dowager Countess is quite lovely. Adam and his beloved Persephone are as endearing as ever. Artemis and Charlie are surely a future romantic alliance and little Oliver is a sweet heart. Eden almost always delivers when it comes to creating endearing characters.
The author has found a way to truly write sweet stories which manage to be romantic but tasteful without being boring or typical at all, particularly difficult to do in this genre I feel. So often I find a novel in the Regency Romance category either over the top romantic and hard to take serious or sadly, a bit boring.
This story engages you from the start and there is a good amount of depth and suspense balanced with humour and romance. Lieutenant Lancaster (Linus) and Arabella share a connection nearly right away and develop a light-hearted teasing and humorous banter between themselves which is fun to read. They both are setting out into new chapters in their lives and somewhat struggling to know their place in the world around them amidst this change. There is an attraction between the two of them, however both find themselves doubting a relationships chances and struggle with seeing a future with each other, each for different reasons. The supporting characters are all so gorgeous, amusing and kind and help both Linus and Arabella with the guidance and support they need to live the life they deserve.
*Thanks to Author, Netgalley and Publisher for ARC*