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The Third MacPherson Sister Paperback – June 23, 2015
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About the Author
Susana Ellis has always had stories in her head waiting to come out, especially when she learned to read and her imagination began to soar. A former teacher, Susana lives in Toledo, Ohio in the summer and Florida in the winter. She is a member of the Central Florida Romance Writers and the Beau Monde chapters of RWA, Maumee Valley Romance Inc., and one of the (in)famous Bluestocking Belles.
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Top Customer Reviews
Rebecca, the third MacPherson sister, is not that popular. She is not as radiant and charming as her sisters were. Considered practically on the shelf, she has accepted the fact that she might not marry.
Miles on the other hand, has a duty to perform. As a Duke, he is expected to find a wife and have her bear children. His mother is ailing and she wants to see her Grandchildren.
However, Miles has a secret. After meeting Rebecca and figuring out who her family is, he is torn between telling her his history with her sisters and marrying her. He does underestimate Rebecca's feelings for him and her kind nature.
I loved both characters. Rebecca wasn't perfect (according to the Ton) but her personality was so sweet and Miles was attracted to her for all the right reasons. They had a lot in common and that is what fueled their romance. Such a heartwarming aspect to read and I enjoyed this immensely.
All ends well with the sweet HEA. It was the perfect story to read in one sitting.
Susana Ellis has a deft hand with romance and is steeped in the world of the English Regency, a fact that enables her to make it come alive. This is a lovely gift for those of us who like our romance sweet.
Rebecca MacPherson, 22, would rather be home reading a book than at a ball. She is the youngest of three sisters. Her other sisters, Arabella and Alice, are twins and were considered "diamonds" in their joint season. They both married earls. Rebecca is much shorter than they are, and is not fashionably slim. She is not what is considered an accomplished young lady, is clumsy, and "had only her connections and fortune to recommend her." She feels that she compares unfavorably to her sisters. The fact that it is her fourth season and she still hasn't "taken" doesn't do much to dispel that point of view.
Miles Framingham, Duke of Aylesbury, is in Bath, Somerset. He's in Bath with his consumptive mother at the advice of her physician. They're hoping regular soaks in the hot springs will improve her discomfort. Miles is thirty, and his mother has hinted that he should marry and have children before she dies. She has a life expectancy of two years, which doesn't give him much time at all... Not to mention that he doesn't want to settle down yet.
Near the beginning of the tale, the duke is contemplating his mother's request while sitting on a bench outside, viewing the stained glass window of St. George's church. A group of tourists comes by to view the window and crowds in front of him. Who but our heroine Rebecca MacPherson falls into his lap? And such an improper introduction for Miles and Rebecca! Their very first conversation is surprisingly open and fun, covering several topics.
What I liked:
*I really enjoyed the conversation between Miles and Rebecca. Fun dialogue is my favorite part of any romance novel.
*The hero and heroine were very likable, which I consider a must!
What I didn't like:
There's really nothing, but I had two observations:
*Miles is 28, and a couple of pages later, he's 30! A couple of chapters later, he's still 30.
*Not a dislike, but it kicked me out of the story: The title of the Slippery Pig Inn had me chuckling. I don't know if that was intentional or not.
I'd strongly recommend this to fans of clean Regency romance. I'm going to put another Susana Ellis novella on my "to read" list. I'd like to see her write more!
The Duke finds himself amused and entertained by Rebecca's bubbly personality. Miss MacPherson finds herself attracted to him, but her first Season was a dismal failure. Rebecca feels she compares poorly to her twins sister, and that, combined with the failure of her Season, she feels puts the Duke beyond her reach. To Rebecca's thinking, no one is or will be interested in her, and before long she will be on the shelf.
After spending the day at the waters and sharing brief details of her family she and the Duke share a carriage home. On a whim, she leaves him with her address. Rebecca never expected a visit. But the Duke recalls her family and the Duke remembers her sisters very vividly. In fact, he dated one sister and has never forgotten the embarrassment he suffered at the hands of the twins. He decides to visit Rebecca, and spends time with her. But is it attraction or revenge that motivates the Duke?
I enjoyed this short novella. Ms. Ellis supports her characters with great character development. You feel like you know them. Her storyline is plausible — for almost any day or era. You can almost feel the anguish that Rebecca feels produced by her attraction to the Duke and her feelings of self doubt. This is paced well and very well written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved that Rebecca met Miles when she landed in his lap! This is the story of a very comfortable friendship that grew into much more.Read more
I purchased this story as part of the "Sweet Summer Kisses" collection. What I really, really enjoyed with this story was that Rebecca's character was...Read more