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The Vagabond Vicar: A Regency Romance (Hearts of Amberley Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- I am completely, unabashedly in love with this book.
- Completely romantic, completely enchanting... pure entertainment.
- The best book I have read in a long time.
About the Author
Earning a degree in communication studies, she was seduced by the emerging digital world and has since worked with the web and in marketing. She lives with her husband in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand.
Now mother to an adorable human tornado, Charlotte is trying to find the time for reading, seaside walks, warbling at the piano and quaffing far too many hot chocolates.
- Publication date : October 13, 2014
- File size : 2982 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 299 pages
- ASIN : B00OIJNP8S
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,791 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I believe this is a first novel, and I think Ms. Brentwood did a great job.
What stood out for me was the believability of the H and the h's personalities and temperaments, and the lovely way they fell for each other. They were not perfect. And in their mutual love, there was true joy. It was refreshing, and realistic. It made me happy. Two such people could really have existed and completed each other, and it was delightfully portrayed.
If I were to offer the author any advice, it would be to avoid the hash/rehash inner musings of the characters. Most readers don't need things figured out or restated. That is something that drives me crazy. But it wasn't over the top!! So don't let it stop you from picking this up!
Another reviewer mentioned the historical inaccuracies; for some this is a show-stopper. I am guessing that Ms. Brentwood might have been trying to convey that the H was the sort of fellow (and the h was the sort of woman) who was not swayed by convention, at least not when it got in the way of true charity and fellow-feeling. Maybe it was a bit heavy-handed on the part of the author, but this is her first novel, recall.
All in all, I recommend this lovely novel and encourage Ms. Brentwood to delight us soon with another great tale.
One of the situations that I particularly like about this book is how Mr. Brooks stands up for a victim of rape in the village, even though, the people of the town want to follow the social mores of the day and embrace the rapist, instead of the victim. I respect that. Of course, the entire book is not about this, this is just one example that shows the character of Mr. Brooks.
It's a great story. Lovely. Well worth your time.
This is not one of those books.
This is one for the romantics, the detail-oriented, those who love a good plot twist, likeable characters and believable dialogue. You'll find yourself torn between dismay and relief as the hero and heroine come to terms with their growing attraction for each other - an attraction which neither of them initially welcomes.
And while the inevitable romance slowly unfolds, there is plenty of entertainment to be had in the myriad subplots - mysteries, intrigue and scandal amongst the upper class of picturesque Amberley.
The Vagabond Vicar is a light-hearted, refreshing romp through the ins-and-outs of small town politics and romance. The attention to detail will astound you, the humour will amuse you, and the characters will captivate you. And before you know it, just like me, you'll be sitting around impatiently awaiting a sequel...
of romantic life and love in a day of strong moral traditions. a delightful story of a young vicar with high ideals and a.mbitions that come into conflict with the responses of his heart when love invades. Well done Charlotte Brentwood!
However, I gave up reading it because it was so repetitive. First the author presented the scene between the two main characters and then each character would relive the scene in their thoughts. Then the characters might rehash their thoughts and what they thought the other character was thinking.
It was so darn boring after a while that I gave up on the whole story before I made it halfway through the book.
Top reviews from other countries
The attraction she feels for the new vicar is not immediate, she never pays much attention to men anyway, not even handsome titled ones, but she sees the vicar working in his garden and is curious and surprised, he is a gentlemen and she would have expected him to hire some one to do the work. She is impressed by his willingness to work the land himself and then further impressed when she notes his strength and physical beauty. I thought the heroine's shock at her first rush of attraction was well portrayed, she is confused, ashamed and taken completely by surprise.
The story rolls along at just the right pace and includes various challenges for the h&H to overcome without descending into soap opera. Although not meant to be a religious book, themes of repentence, forgiveness, friendship and community spirit appear regularly and it is a clean traditional romance.
"The Vagabond Vicar" is written with taste, restraint, and authority where it counts: in this case, in its author's knowledge of historical tradition within the Church of England. Although there are occasional stylistic slips, these are not glaring and are small in the face of another essential achievement: the plot is true to its characters and to its historical context.