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She has certainly done her research about Regency Christmas customs and includes lot of information about how these customs came about and are carried out. For that reason I hate to be picky, but I don't think a family still in deep mourning for recent deaths of close family members have parties a few months after the deaths. There are so many other books about this period that include the fact that families are pretty much cut off from celebrating anything during the first six months and only proceed to the less restrictive half-mourning where the ladies are finally allowed out of complete black to be able to wear gray, purple, or other very dark colors for the rest of the year. And people in mourning have to put off even planned weddings if a death happens. That would blow the plot of this book completely. But I'm not an expert, just a voracious reader.
Also, again I'm being picky, the girls who have London seasons and are introduced to the King or Queen are daughters of noble families (i.e. fathers with titles). Daughters of a poor vicar would not qualify unless he is also titled or they are sponsored by a titled society lady like an aunt, cousin, grandparent, etc. So, the h's sisters would not have had the experiences they had in their London seasons and Winnie wouldn't be missing anything by not having one.
Lastly, it would be a terrible family scandal for a Duke to marry a servant. A companion is not a job of respect--it is a personal servant who fetches and carries for a wealthy female. And the author completely left out the requirement in the Anglican Church of the bans being read three Sundays in a row before the wedding or the alternative of a special license which can only be granted by an Arch Bishop of the Church and sometimes at a great expense. The Archbishops were only located in a city with a Cathedral that was designated the seat of the Arch Bishop. I have no idea which one would be close to where the story was placed, but since there was a blizzard it would not have been possible for the husband-to-be to go anywhere to get one.
So, it is a lovely story, almost a Christian fairy tale, with lots of period mistakes. It seems like there should be some other category for it rather than an historical Regency romance, maybe a Christian allegory set in the Regency Period? There is a little bit of romance but nothing more than several kissed and completely skips over any other kind of romantic interaction.
So who should read this? Not someone looking for a great romance story, not someone who likes period accuracy. I wouldn't recommend it to a new Christian because it shows a relationship with God that is so easy to attain it is misleading (in my opinion.) (If someone feels differently please add a comment or do your own review.) Maybe a mature Christian who wants/needs to be encouraged to remember how much God loves them and how close He is if they reach out to him. I think it might take a mature Christian to see and understand all the possibilities the story shows.
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