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Sophia by Paula Kremser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Small-town Sophia Spencer can’t believe her luck when an unexpected inheritance allows her to experience London’s social scene. But her happiness disappears when she is caught napping in a grumpy gentleman’s room—and forced into an engagement to protect her reputation! Personalities collide and love blooms in this stunning debut novel.
My thoughts: Sophia is a young woman from the countryside who has recently received a large inheritance from her deceased grandmother. She is naive concerning the intricacies of regency society.
Her lack of social understanding and misplaced trust lead to a scandal. She finds herself placed into a situation where she must marry to salvage her reputation. She knows that she has done nothing wrong, but society is unforgiving.
Alex wants to return to his country estate. He faced social scandal five years earlier and wants nothing to do with London or social events. Now he must marry Sophia to protect her name and to redeem past mistakes.
This book was written in the third person, which I found a little distracting. There were times where I would have appreciated a little more detail. That was the only complaint I had with the story. I really liked the characters and Sophia was a refreshing character. She learns quickly. She is intelligent. She has a great sense of humor and a strong ethical nature.
The intrigue comes as plots from fortune hunters are revealed. It was humorous to see the plots within plots. Alex and Sophia both find themselves at the wrong end of deception.
The romance is sweet and clean. Just when you think the characters are falling in love and may have a chance at happiness, another twist is added to the story that show how large and cunning the deceptions are surrounding them.
This is a cute book that I would feel comfortable recommending to romance readers of all ages.
About the Author: Paula Kremser focused on a career in science for several years after graduating from Brigham Young University. DNA purification and Affinity Chromatography were always interesting, but when she moved to England, Paula seized the opportunity to focus on her love of the Regency Era. The enchantment of the aristocracy and the fascinating stories from every stately home she visits have been both research and inspiration for her first novel. Paula lives with her husband and four children in a charming village nestled in the Chiltern hills in Buckinghamshire.