The Heir of Brownlie Manor by Anita Stansfield
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Christian Regency Romance
Book Description: After a medical discharge from his duties in the Napoleonic War, Thomas Quincy Fitzbatten has returned home. Disoriented, burdened by guilt for his wealth, and disillusioned with life's injustices, Thomas longs for a chance to make a difference in the world. But he keeps himself a mystery to those around him, and another motive for his charity gnaws at the back of his mind: to seek redemption from the traumatic demons of war. Then everything changes at the arrival of Ruth Dawson, the niece of Thomas's butler, a stunning woman with a secret of her own. Thomas graciously offers to assist Ruth in her predicament, but a surprise instinct prompts Thomas to handle the case a little more personally—through marriage. As their love blossoms, it appears that all will be well—until Thomas receives a mysterious letter from an old friend in trouble, compelling him to the rescue. But what will Thomas do when nothing is as it seems? And why can't Ruth shake the feeling that her destiny is intertwined with Thomas's in a way they could never have imagined?
My thoughts: Thomas and Ruth are two characters that are unlike many of the MC's of a typical regency romance.
Their marriage begins on unconventional grounds. Ruth is pregnant with another man's child. Thomas gets the impression that he needs to marry her so she can keep her child. He truly is a rarity among the British upper class. He treats everyone he meets with respect and kindness. He is friends with his servants. Truly a remarkable character to read about and respect.
Ruth has a contrite heart. She knows that she made a mistake and is willing to take the consequences. Thomas comes in and saves her. He is unlike any man she has met and she immediately trust him.
The attraction between the two happens quickly. Their romance comes after a hasty marriage. They have mutual respect and fondness for each other.
I liked the characters in the book. I liked the regency setting. I liked that the characters are unconventional and unpretentious. For me the story lagged. I really liked that they talked to each other as equals and learned about each other that way. I can't quite put my finger on why this book was slow for me. There are some great twists that kept interest in the outcome of the story. It is a solid and good book. It is clean with strong Christian values.
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