The Earl's Betrothal by Karen Tuft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Out of the war and into another, Captain Lord Anthony Hargreaves finds the politics of romance to be as uninviting a battle as the one that nearly cost him his life in Badajoz, Spain.
Wounded both mentally and physically from the Peninsular War in 1812, Anthony returns home to find that his older brother has died, placing Anthony next in line to inherit the estate. But he’s not ready for such responsibilities. And when Anthony’s dying father pleads with him to marry and produce an heir to preserve the family title, it nearly sends Anthony over the edge; nevertheless he dutifully faces a long line of hopeful young ladies who await him. No one grabs his attention, though, like Amelia Clarke, his mother’s stunning companion, who is off-limits for the earl. But when Anthony unwittingly puts Amelia in a compromising situation, he dedicates himself to protecting her reputation.
But the horrors Anthony faced while away from home have left him feeling broken and tormented. And Anthony finds himself drawn to Miss Clarke, the only one who can chase away his demons, but he must overcome the hostility of a society driven by class, a jealous duke bent on revenge, and himself—for could Amelia ever really love a haunted man?
My thoughts: This is a delightful regency book. I liked the characters from the moment they were introduced in the story. Amelia is a down to earth woman who is ahead of her time. She was raised by pastor father who taught her the importance of thought and education. She is articulate and loves the people around her.
From the moment Amelia meets Anthony, the son who unexpectedly returned from the War against Bonaparte, there is an undeniable attraction. The problem is that socially she is his inferior. The dialogue between the two is full of banter and teasing. I loved every minute of it.
This book has everything that I hope for from a regency novel. I love a couple making things work despite society trying to rip them apart. The story kept me turning the pages and waiting to see how it will all work out. Karen Tuft kept the pacing of the book steady and did a wonderful job at laying down her plot and describing the environment (physical, political, and emotional).
This is a clean regency romance that would be appropriate for readers of all ages.
About the Author: Karen Tuft was born with a healthy dose of curiosity about pretty much everything, so as a child she taught herself to read and play the piano. She studied composition at BYU then graduated from the University of Utah in music theory as a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies. In addition to being an author, Karen is a wife, mother, pianist, composer, and arranger. She has spent countless hours backstage and in orchestra pits for theater productions along the Wasatch Front. She also has a 75 percent success rate when it comes to matchmaking and is a big believer in happy endings. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel—whether by car, plane, or paperback.
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