Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review of The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuistion

This is the first book I have read by Jennifer and I enjoyed it very much. Lucy is a self proclaimed spinster who doesn't want to have the Season her mother is insisting on. When she thinks she will have to go thru with a Season, her eccentric Aunt dies and leaves her her cottage and land. She wants to go and check it out but her father and mother won't let her go, so she sneaks out and attempts to travel on her own. Thomas is a Marquess who want nothing to do with Society since the great scandal involving his younger sister. He left London for a small town which happens to be the same place where Lucy's aunt lived. When Lucy's father goes to settle his sister's estate Thomas offers to buy it and her father agrees. When Lucy finds out she writes to the person who wants to buy her legacy and tells him she isn't going to sell yet. He decides to go to meet her and talk her into selling. Their meeting does not go well and he leaves hoping she will change her mind. Then they run into each other at the train station and since she is not chaperoned, he feels responsible for her and won't leave her alone. As they spend more time together things start to change for both of them. Lucy has only ever wanted to someone to love her and not her dowry. There is the mystery of why Thomas would want a rundown cottage and land that is not good for much. He is hiding something and she wants to know what. The emotional journey that they take together is filled with adventure, discovery and a love that will heal and flourish.
Great romance by an artist who knows how to pull you into the story and keep you entertained through the whold book. Loved it,cannot wait for the next one.

Review of The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell

Another great romance from Cathy Maxwell. Ben and Elin have been friends since childhood, they both know that Elin was destined to marry Ben's older brother, heir to the dukedom. After one night of illicit passion, Ben disappears and Elin thinks that he did it to get back at his older brother. The next time he sees her it at the betrothal ball. He is there to confont his brother concerning his army career when tragedy strikes Elin's mother. She and her father return to the country to mourn her mother and she doesn't see Ben again for over a year. Elin is on her way to London to marry Ben's brother the duke when someone attempts to kill her, se escapes and guess who she runs into at a sleazy little tavern? Ben of couse and he needs to help her stay alive, get her to London and figure out who is trying to kill her and why.
As they spend more time together avoiding the killers while they are trying to get to London, something happens and they remember that they were still in love. Elin doesn't want to hurt her betrothed but she loves Ben. Will they find out why somone wants Elin dead and can they find a way to make up for all the lost years and be together forever?

This is a great action packed, emotionally beautiful story of love lost, danger and peril. Cathy writes wonderful characters mingled with a plot that is intiricate and entertaining. I have read all of ther books and have kept them all. There is a novella that precedes this novel that is about Elin's parents. It it called A Little Thing Called Love, which you should read also