Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Heart's Rebellion - Ruth Axtell

A Regency Romance

Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm--and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it. When things go too far, Jessamine will learn that the man who is faithful through thick and thin is more worthy than the one who speaks pretty words. But will her disgrace keep Lance from reconsidering her as a wife? And when tragedy strikes and Lance becomes his father's heir and a titled gentleman, will he think she only wants him now because of his title?

Okay.  If I had read the above paragraph prior to reading the book I would have felt like I was duped once I was done.  It makes me wonder if the descriptive paragraph was written by the author or by someone at the publishing house who flipped through the book or the last couple chapters of the book.  Some of the scenarios above are totally inconsequential to the story.

Here's my take on the book, without spoiler alerts.  Jessamine Barry is the daughter of a country vicar who, along with her best friend, is being sponsored for the London season by her godmother in hopes that she will find someone to marry.  Nursing a broken heart from the man she has loved since she was 13, she seeks to reaffirm that she is someone any man would want.  When two completely opposite men pursue her, will she make the right decision or will a decision be made for her.  

Now...to me, that sounds more like the book.  This book is a little slow in reading, but give it time, it does get better the further in it goes.  If you like the Regency Era, you will probably like this book as well.  The characters were well written for the most part, but, once again, it was the secondary characters that made it a little more for me.  If you're an avid book reader, it won't hurt to try it.  

My humble opinion...insert curtsy here :-)

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