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- Publisher: Dunhaven Place Publishing; 1 edition (June 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CGROSMU
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Violence: a kidnapping
Language: nothing offensive
Sex: no sex, a few kisses
I appreciate the effort that went into making this book Irish-centric (names, very long stories, a pronunciation guide), but I didn't really connect with this book like I have have with the other PofM books. This book took me forever to finish. It just wasn't that interesting until about the last three chapters. Heidi Ashworth writes WAY better books (see Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice).
Caroline Fulton is the daughter of a newly elevated wealthy gentleman. She is en route to a country house party of an English Lord at his newly inherited country estate in Ireland. Miss Fulton is accompanied by her rather grumpy and headstrong father and her dearest friend from finishing school, Miss Fiona O'Sullivan. Together they have many fun adventures and bring lots of light and happiness to the story. They are both very bubbly and fun loving characters that it's hard not to enjoy all the scenes with them in it. Both girls are excited yet nervous about this house party because they look forward to, yet dread, the expectation of possibly finding a match for marriage. Caroline, or Caro as her friend calls her, is rather nervous due to the fact that her father is taking her on this trip to secure a betrothal to the new heir Lord Bissell. Caroline wants to marry for love and feels that her dowry and inheritance of her father's estate should allow her to do such but her father wants to purchase a title for her with said dowry.
I'm not sure if my brain was just extra tired while reading the beginning or not but I felt a little confused and had to reread some of the conversations between Caroline and Fiona. I believe more so because of the language used between them it seemed a little difficult to follow but that changed the further that I read into the story. It wasn't overly difficult but I did have to reread parts of their conversations a couple times to get my brain to understand. Like I said the conversations could be perfectly understandable for everyone else and it was just my tired brain causing me to reread.
I really enjoyed the friendship of Caro and Fiona. They were Irish and looked down on by other members of the house party, who were English, and they really took it all in stride and smiled and behaved admirably towards those who were snubbing them. They supported each other and were able to laugh it off and continue to enjoy themselves despite some of the reasons for being snubbed not being their fault but other persons. They were good decent characters who were easy to relate to. I enjoyed the scenes when they interacted with Lord Bissell's young half brothers. At first I wasn't sure what to think about those two boys because of their wildness(as described by the tutor), yet when around these ladies they were happy and willing to comply. They created many of the scenes between Caro and the tutor and were very perceptive to the feelings of the different characters.
Niall, if you haven't guessed is the tutor to Lord Bissell's young brothers. He is used several times to make even numbers at dinner with the house guests and it is at one of those dinners that he and Caro meet. Both are instantly drawn to each other by their looks and then through different conversations they have or overhear of the other they find they have such similar likes and dislikes. Their personalities are both lighthearted and loving. The downfall? Caro's name doesn't start with an "L" and Niall isn't a title gentleman.
Caro and Niall have many chance, and many non-chance, encounters throughout that continue to draw them closer to each other and more in love. Niall is so frustrated because he can't believe that the matchmaker would tell him about this woman he needs to meet who will be his true love and bring him more happiness than any other, and then he meets Caro who he feels is his other half. Caro tries all she can to encourage her father to meet Niall and allow her the chance to choose for her heart and not for a title, yet he refuses to budge.
There was a lot of frustration on Caro, Niall, Fiona and Lord Bissell's part throughout this story. They all had something they wanted but they all had certain restrictions pulling them away from those good desires. What would happen if they chose to ignore everything and went with their hearts? Could they live with the consequences that came? Could they be happy? Could they be happy following through with what society dictated of them? Are Niall and Caro truly meant to be together, or is there someone better for them that they haven't met yet?
So many questions and options for you to wonder about as you read the book? How does the Matchmaker's vision for Niall play into all of this? How does Dublin play into all of this when they are in Donegal?
One other aspect of the book that I wanted to touch on before I end my review is the Irish folklore/stories/history included throughout. I liked that the author showed from the beginning that the Irish are not as controlled/dictated by society, like the English, but are able to relax while still being good and following propriety and all the rules associated with society. I never like reading about the Irish and the stigma given to them from other countries(especially the English). I think I feel that way about any country or person because (soapbox time-sorry) everyone is a human being with feelings and emotions. We may have different cultures or perceptions but one person's/culture's/country's does not trump any other no matter how advanced or how much they have conquered. (Ok I'm off the soapbox now-*me stepping down*)
The stories told about Irish folklore/history were well done and fun to read. Some were just little snippets and others more detailed. I'm trying to remember what several of them were just in case any of you are familiar with Irish folklore. I had heard a couple of them but knew them a little bit different, but still enjoyed the versions of them in this book. One story was of the beautiful Irish queen Maeve and her husband Aillil, another was of the Children of Lir, St. Bridgid or Bridgid of the Tuatha De Danann, and The Swan Bride. I'm sure there are a few others scattered throughout but those are the ones I remembered and knew where to look for their names.
Throughout the book you'll also find racing in an Irish jaunting car, the banshee, capture, bandits, scheming boys, being locked in the tower(ok not the tower but a bedroom-a tower made it sound better), broken hearts, hidden notes, catty ladies, jealous suitors, giggling friends, and of course a love story.
A fun jaunt into some Irish history with a little brogue thrown in. I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the last half of the story after everything had been set up. I hope you enjoy it and any other of the books in this series.
I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
The plot device of the first letter of the name carrying through came off as completely last minute and artificial. Indeed, so did the father's reaction to the daughter's choice.
I was very disappointed in the actual content of the novel as I was excited to read it based on the blurb.
1: insta-love & physical attraction being the main reasons for the hero/heroine's romance.
2: mysterious moans in the night that no one but the heroine can hear.
3: mysterious moans in the night that wouldn't have reached the house through closed windows because they were coming from some distance AND (spoiler) ended up just being a man with a gunshot wound. (end of spoiler)
4: basically just the whole 'mysterious moans' thing made no logical sense whatsoever.
5: The main girl felt too perfect for me. She didn't seem to have any faults (as the hero continually states).
6: the book felt very all-over-the-place. There was a "mysterious prologue" that made no sense. Oftentimes it dragged and the description went on for too long.
7: the whole matchmaker thing was just eerie and made no sense to me.
Overall, I just didn't like it.
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~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews, @reveriesreviews.wordpress.com