My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: A horse breeder by trade, Corbin Jonquil is more at home in the stables than in the ballroom of his sprawling estate. Corbin is the quietest of the Jonquil brothers and has always faded into the background, contentedly unnoticed. When a mysterious young widow, Mrs. Clara Bentford, moves into the neighborhood, however, Corbin quickly comes to realize that being noticed has its advantages. But how to catch the eye of the lady? According to his brothers, Corbin need only make a few simple changes to transform himself into the object of any woman’s desire—dubious advice, indeed. Following a series of misadventures, Corbin and Clara slowly lower the facades behind which they’ve been hiding, leaving Corbin shocked by the horrors that haunt the woman he’s coming to care for so ardently. When the menace of Clara’s past threatens to tear them apart and tensions mount, will the couple have the courage to fight for the promise of forever?
My thoughts: Corbin Jonquil is a man who has a hard time expressing himself. He becomes awkward and speaks in broken sentences. His condition is amplifies when a lovely widow moves in to the residence closest to his home. She immediately catches his attention and his interest.
Mrs. Clara Bentford is fleeing her past. She wants to begin a new life away from the memories and the presence of a man who wants to hurt her, her daughter, and her nephew. She hopes that this town will provide the shelter and peace that she desires.
I loved the advice that Corbin's family gave him to get Clara's attention. It was funny when he tried things he wasn't comfortable with. I appreciated the message that it's best to be yourself. People will like you when you are your true self and not trying to be someone else.
This book is very easy to read. It pulls you into the story and keeps your mind there. It was fun to catch up with the Jonquil's. This is the third book featuring a member of the family. While it is part of a series, they can be read alone. I have only read the first and now the third and didn't feel lost or that I was missing keys to the plot.
If you want a great book to read, you can't go wrong with reading one by Sarah M. Eden. She does a great job at writing the story and leaving you feeling satisfied when you finish.
About the Author: Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone andCourting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.