My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook from Author to review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: After an uneventful season in Bath, Miss Charlotte Rosebury returns home to Warwickshire, looking forward to a visit from her mother’s friend. Their expected guest, Mrs. Worthington, has promised that her son will be accompanying her, and as Charlotte has only ever heard stories of the gentleman who rarely leaves his Yorkshire estate, she is most pleased to meet him. However, when her warm welcome is returned with a fierce frown from the handsome man, she cannot help but long to be free of him and his blue-eyed glare.
Despite his mother’s protests, Mr. Gabriel Worthington had made the decision long ago to remain unmarried, but when he meets Charlotte, doubts about his decision creep into his fearful mind, and he wishes for nothing more than to flee from the woman and never return.
For weeks, the two are forced to live within the same home, and though they provoke one another with teasing and stolen glances, an unlikely friendship blossoms between them, a friendship that grows stronger than either of them had expected. Will Gabriel concede to the choices binding his heart, or can Charlotte’s warmth be just the thing to strengthen their love and, at last, end their fears?
My thoughts: There is something about the Regency time period that I love. This book is set during that time so it made it a "want to read" when the author contacted me and asked me to read her book.
Charlotte is a young woman with an independent mind. She is full of love and compassion to those around her. She smiles through her afflictions. One of the main affliction is Gabriel, the son of her mother's dear friend. They find themselves spending time together when he and his mother come to visit. Their frosty introduction thaws as they begin to see the qualities the other possesses. Soon this becomes a reluctant friendship, of course, that usually leads to love and romance.
I liked how Deborah M. Hathaway presented her characters. Both are flawed. They have circumstances in their past that hold them back from living life to the fullest. As they begin to trust each other, some of their experiences are revealed. That added depth to the characters for me and I enjoyed the story a little more.
This is a clean romance. There is kissing and a "villain" who tries to push Charlotte into more than kissing.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Deborah M. Hathaway graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. As a young girl, she watched her first regency romance (Pride and Prejudice, 1940), before devouring Jane Austen’s novels and being captured by all things Regency. After falling madly in love with, and then marrying, her English husband, Deborah traveled to the United Kingdom, spending time in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. While exploring the beauty of the countryside, she received inspiration within cities such as York and Stratford-upon-Avon, the latter being one of her favorite places in the world. She is thrilled to have three novels out and is already working on her next clean romance.
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