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    Caroline is not looking forward to this year’s Season in London. Her mother already has schemes for her marriage prospects—and none of them include love, it seems. But when a dashing young duke begins to pursue her, Caroline has second thoughts. Caught between ambition and desire, Caroline may gamble her heart away without even realizing it . . .

    Author: Heather Chapman
    Specifications: 6 x 9 - 192 pages
    Expected Release: Early September 2016

    Overall Customer Rating of 3 Reviews:
    Utah

    Liked the different plot line this regency romance has!

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    This book is a cute, clean, regency romance. Something I really liked about this book is that it isn't your normal Duke gets the girl story. This one has a plot line that is different from all of the other regency romance books I've read and that's a good thing!



    This book has almost 2 plots in it, it kind of flashes back to Caroline's mom and dad's love story and I loved the way that one gets resolved in the end. I also liked that their stories mirror each other a little bit and they're able to learn from each other's situations.



    I liked Caroline, she's the strong younger daughter of Lord and Lady Hopkins. I liked the way that she thought for herself in an era where that was really looked down upon by pretty much everyone. There's a scene in the book where she kind of runs away from the groom who is supposed to stay with her while she's on her ride. I really liked that she did things like that, no matter that she knew her mom was not going to be at all happy about it.



    I also liked that you're able to see this story from the point of views of both of the love interests of Caroline. That makes it a little harder to be able to tell just which of them she's going to choose in the end.



    I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Mebane, NC

    A good clean romance

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    I was not impressed at all with the book at first. The beginning chapter was rushed, and emotions were all over the place. I was worried the whole book would be that way. It certainly did not pique my interest, but I kept reading anyway.



    Then, I was shocked at how different young Eleanor was to the distinguished older Lady Hopkins. She seemed to be a completely different person, and the way she thought of her husband was 100% different than the first chapter would have you believe. You really have to read almost the whole book to understand why, but in general, the mother of the story was not one I respected or liked as a character, even though I wanted to like her in the first chapter.



    The main character of the book was thankfully, not Lady Hopkins, but her daughter, Caroline Hopkins, who is 18 and in her second season of going to London and looking for a potential husband. She is quite different than her sister, Lucy, though both are very likable characters. I was actually confused by Lucy’s real character, as her mother characterized her quite differently.



    Not surprisingly, this is a romance story. There are multiple courtships for both Lucy and Caroline. Readers will see the clash and awkwardness of pursuing above or below one’s class at that time. Lady Hopkins is dead set on her daughters marrying at or above their class, and isn’t too concerned with love. There is definite tension between daughters and mother due to that.



    The book gets better and better as it goes along. It took me a while to get used to how people spoke or behaved (I don’t have a lot of experience reading regency novels), but once I did, I was able to better get into the heads of the characters. My favorite character was Thomas Clark, the gifted cordwainer (shoe maker) in the book.



    I found the novel predictable for the most part, but still enjoyable. Caroline was a fun character, full of spunk and individualism – very different from what other women of the day would have been like. Her personality alone made the book a page turner. She had to search her heart and fight her way through social custom to find and choose her true love. Both of the men in her love triangle were good men, but very different. I knew who she would end up with, but still liked the one she didn’t choose for the most part. As a matter of fact, I felt the author had to really stretch to make the second man unlikable enough to justify Caroline not choosing him. That being said, I believed Caroline’s authentic love and admiration for the man she ended up professing her love to. Their relationship included real conversation, humor, and shy blushes. It was adorable to read about their interactions.



    Lucy went through a much more traumatic time with her love interests, which was a shocking, but interesting part of the story. Through that experience, we learn more about the intentions and characters of Caroline’s suitors, and see the sisterly relationship grow.



    Overall, this is a simple, fun, curl-up-on-the-couch read. As I said, it definitely got better, and some of the characters were complex and unsure of how to make choices based on society’s expectations. Their struggles were realistic and I truly cared what happened to them. This book is worth checking out!

    USA

    Lovely Regency Romance

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    The story begins with the mother's match and then quickly moves to the current season with her daughters, Lucy and Caroline, as the central characters. As the story progresses, the reader is treated to flashbacks of Eleanor's season. Eleanor believes that her husband only married her for her money and she doesn't want that kind of marriage for her daughters--she wants them to be happy. But what is the definition of happiness? It becomes apparent that happiness means different things to different people.



    I was able to relate quite well to the characters in this book. My husband and I haven't been married for quite as long as Eleanor's 25 years of marriage, but sometimes, looking back on those courtship times can bring back good feelings and help a person see things in a different or new light. As a mother, I want what's best for my children, but I'm learning that what I think is best, most important, or will give them the best future isn't necessarily what they desire or need. I cannot live vicariously through my kids, as much as I'd sometimes like to.



    Lord Searly is smitten with Caroline, but she is quite determined to push him away, much to everyone's dismay. She desires a quieter, simpler life and finds an unlikely suitor who could bring those dreams to life. I love their verbal spars and his reactions are hilarious, but the real endearing and touching moments are with her untitled man.



    For me, every good story has good relationships. Caroline and Lucy are sisters, but also best friends. I love the angle that gives a third romance life in this story--that of Lucy's. The dynamics of cousins, friends, suitors, siblings, and more really breathes life into this book.



    This is a great read for those who enjoy a clean Regency romance with some fantastic characters.



    Content: mild romance. Clean!



    *I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review*