Kit and Elizabeth by Karen Tuft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Lady Elizabeth Spaulding’s world has fallen apart. Despite living her entire life to please her demanding parents, the Duke and Duchess of Marwood, she has little to show for it. After Elizabeth’s second failed betrothal, her father’s debts and appalling acts of retaliation force him to flee the country, consigning Elizabeth and her bitter mother to a life of poverty and exile. But Elizabeth’s fortunes change one day when an elderly acquaintance makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Lady Walmsley, widowed and childless, is in need of a lady’s companion—and who better than the lovely Lady Elizabeth? Determined to rescue Elizabeth from her dreary life in the country, Lady Walmsley secures the help of Kit, the dashing Earl of Cantwell, in her quest. But the young woman they find is a ghost of the charming girl they once knew. Taken in by Lady Walmsley, and with Kit’s enthusiastic encouragement, Elizabeth finds herself pushed further and further from her empty solitude as she discovers the joy of truly living. Now, for the first time in her life, she must decide for herself who she is and if she deserves to be loved.
My thoughts: Elizabeth has had a hard life. Most wouldn't believe it. She is the daughter of a Duke and lives a life of luxury. Appearances are not what they seem. She is the victim of controlling parents who place their happiness and welfare at her feet. She is despised because she is not a son and pressured to make a match that her parents want. Her thoughts and feelings are never considered.
Kit is a gentleman in every way. He is loyal to his friends and their family. Namely to a great-aunt who he is charged to make sure she is doing well while her family is out of town. This becomes a greater task than he realizes when she pulls him in on a scheme to rescue Elizabeth from her parents.
There were many fun scenarios in this story. I loved the interaction between the characters and the doting elderly aunt. Honestly, she may have been my favorite character. This is a story of helping a young woman finding her footing after years of emotional and verbal abuse. It is also a story of learning how to trust and open your heart to new possibilities.
I enjoyed this book. It does contain parental abuse to a daughter and physical abuse to a rival. It has a very happy ending.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) 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 and graduated from the University of Utah in music theory, where she was 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. Among her varied interests, she likes to figure out what makes people tick, wander through museums, and travel whether it's by car, plane, or paperback.
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