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Royal Regard (The Sailing Home Series Book 1) by [Gabrielle, Mariana]
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The Sailing Home Series

The Regency romances of Bella Smithson and her family. All books stand alone, but the suggested reading order is:
  1. Royal Regard (full-length novel)
  2. 'Tis Her Season (prequel novella, in the Bluestocking Belles' Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem box set)
  3. Shipmate (prequel novella, available)
  4. A Rose Renamed (prequel novella, coming Spring 2016)

About the Author

Mariana Gabrielle is a professional writer, editor, and designer living in Denver, Colorado. As well as Regency romance, under the name Mari Christie, she also writes mainstream historical fiction and poetry.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1546 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Whaley Digital Press (November 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,022 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bella is a breath of fresh air! London is in need of her unstinting wit, although I think the matriarchs of the ton may not agree. Lol
I don't think she is ready for the attention she gets from the rogues of London. As a matter of fact, I think she would rather be just about anywhere but London for the season.

Her husband has the King's ear and so they must remain. She must deal with 2 suitors, both waiting out her husband's failing health.
Two Dukes no less. Both very forthright, both handsome, both vying for attention she does not want to give. Her husband, Myron, being much older, only wants to protect her, he has settled his fortune on her at the time of his death and he wants to make sure she does not fall into the trap of a fortune hunter. His protective instincts prove true.
But who is the rogue and who is sincere? Her cousin Charlotte is not helping matters. Her head is full of romance.
Will Belle be safe? Will Myron live long enough to see her with the proper Duke? No spoilers here!

I really liked the twists in this story! They were written well enough to keep me guessing, though some things were quite obvious, I never knew what might befall the heroine of the story next! Poor Bella, she just wanted to live in the country, away from the gossips and rakes and the people who talk of nothing but hair and dresses.
This book had delightful characters, some of which need their story told, in my opinion, but that may be a sign of a great book, wanting more.
**Read for Romcon**
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Royal Regard is a five star book. The characters are well drawn, the plot exciting, with many twists and turns, and a building sense of suspense, and the dialogue excellent.

Bella returns from overseas with her elderly husband Myron, who has come home to die after 15 years representing England in many foreign lands. The couple are friends of the recently crowned King George IV. Bella is painfully shy, but has learnt to hide her insecurities behind a mask of competence. Myron and the King are worried about how she will cope as an extremely wealthy widow.

Two dukes woo her, both with ulterior motives. One is a rake with a fear of emotional commitment, and one is a fortune hunter who hides some grim secrets behind a charming facade. Bella must cope not only with the vicious tongues of society's gossips and her own unpleasant memories of England, but also with the determined assault on her senses of two practised seducers.

Royal Regard gripped me from the first. I particularly enjoyed the interchanges between Bella and her dukes - Marianna Gabrielle writes clever, witty, and thoroughly convincing dialogue. As the rake begins to grow up and realise what Bella means to him, the fortune hunter decides to take decisive action. To avoid spoilers, let me just say that I had to put the book down at that point and wait till I could finish it in one sitting, because I could see that Bella had invited a traitor into her house and I was fast approaching the point where I had to know what happened next.

In the last part of the book, Gabrielle - having resolved the external conflict - is able to zero in on the internal conflict. Both the hero and the heroine grew through their experiences and gave me a satisfying ending that totally convinced.
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I’d forgotten how much I enjoy a good regency romance, and so glad that I decided to read Royal Regard. This is my first exposure to Mariana Gabrielle’s work, but I’m hooked. Her characters are well rounded and realistically crafted, and I found myself fully invested in them from the get go. What I especially enjoy about this genre, is that falling in love with someone that you’re actually married to wasn’t at all the norm. In fact, it seems that while women would swoon at the thought of a “love match”, many of the male characters I’ve come across would see the open display of affection as a weakness. The standard for marriages seemed to be that they were more a strategic tool to further a family’s connections, than anything to do with depth of emotion between a couple. Sure, you might come to like the person you were with, but women had few rights and a multitude of pitfalls in the ever-changing social scene that they could find themselves a victim of. In my mind, a female was little more than a uterine cultivation device (sounds better than “baby maker”). This was why I loved Bella’s innate strength so much.

She’d had such a difficult upbringing. The only female in a household of rough, sometimes abusive and scheming males, she wasn’t at all confident in ton society. Having basically been brokered away into a marriage to a merchant twice her age, she’d spent the last fifteen years touring the world with him as his wife and diplomatic support staff. You’d think she would be bitter, unsure, and easily victimized; nothing could be further from the truth. Bella had balls (sorry for the visual) that rivaled any of the males she’d encountered along the way.
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