Miss Adeline's Match by Joanna Barker
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Miss Adeline Hayes is the perfect lady's companion: pleasant, conversational, and unceasingly proper. But when her closest friend, Charity Edgeworth, breaks off her arranged marriage without explanation, even Adeline's superior skills are put to the test. Charity's father banishes the two young women to the country, sending Adeline with a charge to find Charity a husband or suffer dire consequences.
As Adeline takes on the role of reluctant matchmaker, she discovers more than one obstacle in her path. Not only does Charity prefer escaping in books to socializing, but Adeline soon finds her own attentions distracted by the standoffish—and irritatingly handsome—Mr. Evan Whitfield. Amidst an eventful foxhunt and the unexpected arrival of Charity's former betrothed, Adeline simply doesn't have time for a battle of wits with Evan. But the two are continually drawn together until Adeline begins to question her tightly guarded convictions about love and marriage.
However, when secrets are revealed and truths made known, Adeline must face her most fearsome obstacle yet: herself.
My thoughts: "Oh what a tangled web we weave.." (Walter Scott)
Adeline Hayes and Charity Edgeworth have been friends since they were children. There is really nothing that Adeline wouldn't do for charity, including shielding her from heartache and the gossip of society. Adeline has other people in her life that she is trying to protect, her ailing father and sister.
This book explores relationships. When does protecting someone become interfering? This book is written in a way that explores the moral dilemma and anguish in decisions. Joanna Barker does a wonderful job at describing the emotions and then the ramifications that follow. There are all aspects of society in this book. I loved how the characters seamlessly went from the ballroom to the shack to help out a family in need.
This book is Adeline and Evan's story, but in the process, it is also Charity and George's story. You get two romances for the price of one!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is clean with kissing.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Joanna Barker was born and raised in northern California. She discovered her love for historical fiction after visiting England as an eleven-year-old, and subsequently read every Jane Austen book she could get her hands on. After graduating Brigham Young University with a degree in English, she worked as an acquisitions editor before devoting herself full-time to writing. She enjoys music, chocolate, and reading everything from romance to science fiction. She lives in Utah and is just a little crazy about her husband and two wild-but-loveable boys.
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