Published: May 7, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Indiebound
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Excerpt from A Wedding in Springtime
Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant made her laugh, ruining her debut.
To hush up the scandal, Eugenia's aunt hires a matchmaker to quickly find a suitor - anyone except the infamous William Grant - to help restore Eugenia's reputation.
But amiable Eugenia shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart, and is again caught in the company of notorious Grant.
When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just Eugenia's reputation, her kindheartedness may be her ultimate undoing...
Amanda Forester brings readers the first in a new regency romance trilogy, A Wedding in Springtime. Stepping away from her previous Highland romances, Forester shows great versatility and a love for good historical romantic fiction in this book. Forester takes on the ton with relish and a good laugh, which is what triggers the ruin of main character Genie Talbot beginning the story with both the innocence of new love and the humor of Murphy's Law: what could go wrong, will go wrong!
There were two things that stood out in this book for me. The characters were both interesting and deep. Also, Forester's use of historical references and overall research into her subject was very well done.
Eugenia Talbot hopes to redeem herself in the eyes of the ton, after her mother breaks and engagement and marries a wealthy farmer instead of a duke. But Genie doesn't have much luck when she cannot contain her mirth in the presence of the Queen. I liked Genie a lot. She was a young woman wants to make her family proud, yet she isn't willing to compromise her own ideals and beliefs. She is a strong female lead and will have readers cheering for her to find the man of her dreams in no time. William Grant, Genie's partner in crime, so to speak, is also a great character. The typical bad boy rake, who has no intentions of ever settling down, finally meets his match in a young woman, who is his equal in every way. Readers will love his genuine smug demeanor and his sharp wit. Secondary characters like the Duke of Marchford and Penelope Rose compliment the main story line well, with their own secondary plots.
I thought Forester did an excellent job of researching her subject. I have always enjoyed the way she portrays Highland characters and was once again captivated with her knowledge of Regency, England and the ins and outs of the haute ton. She uses some historical characters and events to give the reader a sense of time and place, but also excels at making her characters very much themselves. They interact well in the time period which gives an authenticity to Forester's writing. I am happy to see that this book is the beginning of a new trilogy. Readers will likely fall in love with the characters and want to read more about them and those connected to this story.
Forester hits a home run with her latest book, A Wedding in Springtime!
A Wedding in Springtime will be available May 7, 2013 from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Amanda Forester holds a Ph.D. in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highland hills or a Regency ballroom, Forester's novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her supportive husband and naturally brilliant children in the Pacific Northwest.
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