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My Lord Lion (Regency Romance) Paperback – April 1, 1995
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
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Since Blaize has inherited a library of books which need put in order, he seeks out his old school pal, Dracot, who had been very bookish. The letter of employment arrives at his friend's fiancé's door. Diana is in desperate straits! Penniless, she is an unwelcome resident in her uncle's house and cannot bear that she and her brother are treated rather cruelly and shabbily. Dracot has been lost at Waterloo. So off she goes to take advantage of the job offer. Her brother, Archie, is an unusual young man. He can talk to the animals much like a pet psychic or horse whisperer. Although Diana and Blaize have a bad start - he yells at her - Archie has success with an uncontrollable horse and Blaize's aunt persuades him to let Diana & Archie stay on. At first they are just there for dinner but Blaize can see her reduced circumstances and as a way to repay a debt to Dracot for help when they were in school, he asks her to stay and restore the library.
The storyline follows their friendship and eventual love. Also it contains a little romance for Blaize's aunt. There is a mystery to solve - Dracot's horse is found and Blaize seeks the answers to what happened to Dracot. Could he be alive - and if so, can Blaize face losing Diana?
I did not find the characters well fleshed out. They were charming but I felt no real emotion while reading this book. The side story of Diana's interfering relatives (the uncle and aunt who were cruel to Diana arrive on the doorstep!) rather ridiculous and annoying. It just did not fit the story well. The arrival of Blaize's parents (the Duke and Duchess of Naunce) was fairly interesting. I like that Blaize and his father come to understand each other better. All in all, I can recommend this for a light afternoon read but not a keeper.