- File Size: 2928 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1947005073
- Publisher: Sally Britton; 1 edition (January 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079GG1LQD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Social Tutor: A Regency Romance (Branches of Love Book 1) Kindle Edition
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She also presented a wonderful juxtaposition between the two families. One where love was encouraged and freely given and one where family was an investment you expected a return on. This latter idea was not uncommon during this era and I appreciated how realistically harsh Sally was about familial ideas of the time. While pushing that next to the growing idea that people are more than a business transaction and given love will give a greater return.
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She loves Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Elizabeth Mansfield, and all the great Regency writers, past and present.
Sally lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, four children, and their dog. She loves watching BBC television, hiking, and eating too much chocolate.
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At first I thought this is so wonderfully predictable, I knew that the lead characters were going to get together, just not how. By chapter three I was so engaged with the characters, their family relationships and the dynamics of their odd relationship that I found the predictability of the ending (if I was right, and I really hoped I was) actually seemed to serve the narrative so that the reader could really lean into and focus on the well thought out dialogue and turmoil of emotions experienced by characters... without the distraction of guessing at who might end up with who. I meant only to peruse the book to be conversant... I ended up reading every word, buying 3 additional copies for family... and reading one night til 2am without realizing the time.
Was I right in my predictions of who would end up with whom? And was it wonderfully predictable? I can't say... but I would predict that you will enjoy this wonderful book.
I am a little apprehensive moving on to read the subsequent books in the series, however. My major pet peeve with this genre is how authors perpetuate errors in titles that they see in other Regency novels. So many authors do extensive research, but fail to research British peerage because they think they know it...or maybe they just miss the details. A few issues in this book make me afraid of what I will see in the rest of the series. It really does kill my enjoyment of a book when the titles are wrong.
Lucas Calvert, the Earl of Annesbury, is incorrectly addressed throughout the book. His name is Lucas Calvert, but his title is Earl of Annesbury so he would be Lord Annesbury. (Sometimes authors seem to think that when the title name is different than the surname, or when there is an "of" in the title, that they should use Lord Surname...not so. It is Lord Title.) Further, in this novel, the author mentions, in passing, two brothers who will both inherit titles. The younger brother is to receive a title from his mother. There are rare titles that can pass through the female line, but even if there was such a title on the mother's side, after she passed away, it would be inherited by the eldest son, even if he was already the heir or even possessor of their father's title. The only way that the younger son would inherit his mother's title is if the brother's have different mothers...and this is not mentioned.
One other note: the author's date on the epilogue seems to be impossible for the timeline, which would require a minimum of three weeks plus three days from the date of the events in the last chapter.
Christine, the middle of three sisters is going to make her debut this season. Since her mother died when she was young and her father is cold and unfeeling, she feels inadequately prepared. So she asks a neighboring gentleman, whom she knew in her childhood, to tutor her. He, at first, refuses, but because of his financial troubles, they are able to agree on a plan. But they didn't plan on falling in love. And her father has other plans for her.
Now, I noticed that some reviewers said it was predictable. Well, yeah, it's a romance! The hero will win the fair maiden. We all know that. The question is how and when. And this book tells the story just beautifully. There is a villain who is properly villainous, a hero who is honestly trying to complete his part of the bargain, and a heroine who is bright, witty and interested in society's problems but just a little too outspoken. The interactions between the couple are just wonderful. There is a helpful twist at the end, thankfully, or this book would be a tragedy and, definitely, not a romance. I heartily recommend this book to all with a sense of romance in their hearts. Enjoy!
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This is a worthy introduction.