Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Spinster and I by Rebecca Connolly ~ Blog Tour with a giveaway!

The Spinster and I
The Spinster and I by Rebecca Connolly

Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance

Book Description:  Poor, unfortunate Spinster...

Prudence Westfall, spinster, has unexpectedly had the greatest misfortune of all: she has inherited a fortune, and is now an heiress. But as a Spinster, and a stammering shy one, nothing could be worse than having a bevy of suitors pay her attention. Opportunity strikes at a house party when the most unlikely person offers the perfect solution.
Camden Vale is no gentleman, and he’s not prone to saving anyone, but something about Prue changes all that. When his offer to befriend her extends beyond the house party, and his feelings extend beyond expectation, no one is more surprised than he. Except, perhaps, for the other Spinsters, and they have much to say on the subject.

My thoughts:  I love the dialogue in this book!  Rebecca Connolly is able to convey the emotions and thoughts of her characters eloquently.  I felt empathy and compassion for them as they struggled through Regency society.

Pru is a wallflower.  She is happy to remain in the shadows.  Her mother is overbearing, and frankly, not a nice woman.  To me, it the way that Pru acts in society is indicative of social anxiety.  Her mother shows no compassion, only ridicule as her daughter struggles.  The mother is only thinking of her own societal gain and reputation.

Camden is a hero, even if he doesn't realize it.  He befriends Pru, knowing that she the help he can give in making it through social engagements.  He knows how to calm her.  I love it when friends realize that there is more to their relationship.  I married my best friend.  It brings back fond memories as to when I thought of my husband as more than just my friend.

Pru also has an amazing set of friends.  We all need people in our lives who help and uplift.

This is a book that I wouldn't mind re-reading.  In fact, last night I ordered a couple of more of her books for my kindle!  I am looking forward to spending more time with the imagination and writing of Rebecca Connolly.

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Rebecca Connolly headshot  Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

Author Interview:

1. Who are some of your favorite Regency authors? Do these authors inspire your own writing?
I love Jen Geigle Johnson, Sarah Eden, Jennifer Moore, Elizabeth Johns… And I am constantly meeting more lovely writers who love the same ears I do! I am inspired by so many authors, but in my time period and outside of it! The best inspiration of all, though, has to be Jane Austen.

2. If you could go to tea with one of your characters, who would you go with and why?
Oh, I think I would want to go to tea with Charlotte Wright. She doesn’t hold anything back, and I bet she has some fantastic stories!
3. What inspired the idea for The Spinster and I?
I had created a group of spinsters that had gotten to that point in their lives for different reasons. This particular story starred a girl who was painfully shy and wanted nothing more than to remain unnoticed by the world, and I wanted someone to notice her in a way that would actually work for her. He just so happens to be the most unlikely candidate, which makes it so deliciously fun!
4. What did you as an author take away from writing The Spinster and I?
I think the biggest thing I took away was that we need to look beneath the surface in everyone. There is so much more to a person than what we can see.
5. What is your current WIP?  What can you tell us about it?
My current WIP is part of the Spinster Chronicles series, and I can tell you that it is a VERY interesting pairing, and it is set at Christmas!

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