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Reforming Harriet (Love in Disguise) (Volume 4) Paperback – May 12, 2016
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A very interesting sweet story. Loved it. They take the long way through working through things to get to the love. Kept my attention. One to curl up with and get comfortable. I recommend it. I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Once I wrote a book entitled Reforming Harriet. This is not that book. When I reread that original story last year, I didn't like it. Why were my hero and heroine always angry? Why was the hero, Elias, so thoroughly unlikable? The answer was that I mistook anger for passion and, as any decent romance writer knows, they are not the same. Turns out I didn't know these characters very well. I had to rewrite them to understand them.
Food is still key to the story--it's a metaphor for their developing romance--and there's a wonderful recipe at the end. But I have rewritten the entire story, and I hope you'll give it a try.
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Elias Westwood was the owner of the other half of those shares. He had founded the spice company which had been very successful. However, in the past year, it had lost a lot of money because Freddy's shares were sold under market value. So he decided to go to Worthingham to speak with the widow.
There follows a clash of personalities and beliefs. Harriet feels she must use Freddy's money for good to atone for her failings. Elias thinks women should not be in charge of finances. Both have no interest in romance, Harriet because she is lacking, and Elias because he feels women use men. And yet Elias finds himself agreeing to a false betrothal to Lady Harriet in exchange for her remaining shares.
I just loved this story. Take one man with an enhanced sense of smell and of taste and introduce him to a woman who loves to bake and cook and has a sense of adventure about it. Throw in three overly familiar servants with an enormous sense of devotion who are willing to lie and scheme to see their mistress happy. Stir in a villainess with an over-the-top sense of self and season liberally with senses of duty, shame, and responsibility. Simmer slowly until done. Read with a sense of humour. You will love it.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
'Reforming Harriet' by Eileen Putman is book four in the "Love in Disguise" series.
This is the story of Lady Harriet Worthington and Elias Westwood.
Harriet is a widow whose husband was a partner of Elias. Harriet now has inherited her deceased husband's shares. Harriet is actually using her part of the partnership/shares for what she feels has helping others. She works/runs a bakery had helps the neighbors. When Elias comes to her and tries to get her to sell her part of the business to him he is shocked by her running a bakery not to mention how she is giving some of the of their business to others. One Morning Elias saves Harriet from a very hands on suitor but when he goes to comfort her they are caught.
Later Harriet talks to Elias about pretending to be her fiancé and before the season ends she will turn over her part of the business. Harriet thinks also this will be the perfect chance to learn about passion and to something she couldn't be to her husband.
This was another great book by Ms. Putman. This has great secondary characters, funny scene and just a all around great historical romance.
Apart from the hero being a bit too much a victim of his higly developed olfactorial senses and the heroine being part naive and part disillusioned and disappointed by life I don't really get the feeling that they belong together, that they fall for each other. The supposed help or the intrigues of the other characters are not convincing either.
There are some rather unexpected twists but mostly they are unexpected due to the fact that they don't make sense, there is no reason for them to take place. One example is their faked betrothal. I didn't understand what that was about, it didn't make sense, especially when one looks at the conditions and at what she is giving up for this farce.
Somehow I got the feeling that she was living on love and air because she didn't need money, gave it up (but, well, she needed it, didn't she?) but, well, no love either so.... Her resources seem to be endless even though they are clearly limited and ... well. Misunderstandings and their likes litter their way and make life complicated and their love difficult. All in all it is rather predictable even though on the whole it is well written and I really liked the idea of the story.
So, not bad but not exactly my cup of tea either.
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