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Feb 5, 2011

Roses For My Lady by Allison Knight

Title: Roses For My Lady (coming in Feb.)
Author: Allison Knight
Buy Link
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 78 pgs.
Reviewed by: yadkny

Cover: 4
Presentation: 4
Editing: 5
Story: 4.5
Writing Ability: 4.5

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About The Book: A misplaced Valentine's Day card inspires a kidnapping, a seduction and a forever kind of love.

Intense, scholarly, big sister Meredith Ward is happy to see her little sister off to a country party until she discovers a Valentine card outlining plans for an elopement between her sister and the brother of an aristocrat. She leaves her cottage to halt their plans only to run into trouble herself.

Baron Gavin Sinclair learns late one evening about his brother's plans to wed a most undesirable young woman. His attempt to stop that union puts Meredith in his arms. Thinking she is the bride-to-be, he holds her hostage never realizing it will be his heart he loses.

The Review:
The story is set in England during a time when the reputation of your family name said a lot about you and for young women it is also a time when who sponsored you during your “come out” party said more about you than just about anything else.

Meredith (Merry) isn’t like most other girls who dreamt all their lives of what their season would be like and then to become married. She just wasn’t interested in the socializing experience, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that she didn’t think about it once in a while. Merry’s stepsister, Charlotte, on the other hand is quite the opposite, but doesn’t let it effect their relationship. Merry’s shy nature gives her the title of being the sensible sister, so when her father leaves on family business, it is up to Merry to see that Charlotte stays out of trouble. A cryptic valentine for Charlotte gone undelivered gives Merry the opportunity to sort through a potential disaster involving a young man. Unfortunately, it also leads to a new level of trouble but the intended isn’t the right sister on the receiving end.

Gavin takes the responsibility of being a big brother very seriously. He believes he knows what is best for his younger brother Lawrence. Having gone through a horrible family tragedy, Gavin sees the world and it’s customs in a much different light. Socializing at parties seems to be a rather unimportant but apparently necessary part of life and his societal views of women and marriage aren’t very flattering. The motivations for women wanting to pursue marriage particularly to his brother have more to do with money and position than love.

Ms. Knight wrote a delightful story about two characters intent on saving their siblings from what they believe to be disaster only to find themselves having fallen for each other. I really enjoyed Merry’s character. She isn’t snobbish or concerned about superficial things. She challenges Gavin’s mind with her intelligent charm instead of boring him with just a physical beauty. Gavin himself brings his own brand of charm with his devilish smiles and his take-charge attitude.

The mistaken identity element in the story is played out brilliantly and it read very fluidly with perspectives of the two main characters evenly balanced throughout, so readers will get the picture from both sides. I can only complain that I would love to have seen a longer ending.

This is a recommended read for anyone who enjoys reading historical romance.

Pagan Elements: N/A


Disclaimer: Due to FTC regulations, any book reviewed on this site was sent for free by the author to The Pagan & The Pen. We are not paid to give reviews by Author or Publisher. Once review has been made, said books are deleted.


Rosemary Gemmell said...

This is one book I'm waiting to read! Sounds lovely.

TK Toppin said...

Sounds good. Great review!

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