A Tenuous Betrothal
by Jen Geigle Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: I received a review copy and purchased a copy. :)
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: Rhianna Davies is well-acquainted with heartache after the painful loss of her parents. At the arrival of her ghastly uncle, she is brought even lower: Rhi has been banished from her family’s estate home and must rely on the kindness of her tightly knit Welsh miners for help. Without the protective love of her parents, Rhi has no illusions that hers will be a happy ending—until an addendum to her father’s will arrives in the hands of a prince.
Marc Wilhelm, Prince of Oldenburg, is in Wales with one purpose: to claim his betrothed. A long-ago promise between their fathers forges an indelible link between Rhi and Marc, but there remains just one problem: neither wants to marry a stranger. With no remaining ties to Wales, Rhi agrees to accompany Marc to Oldenburg, where he will forfeit their betrothal so she may have her pick of husbands. But their journey takes them down unexpected paths, from the depths of a Welsh mine to the marriage mart of London to a warm reception in Oldenburg. Rhi and Marc discover that their connection and their challenges run deeper than either anticipated, but whether from their own hesitations or from danger that threatens without, the couple might be thwarted before they can even begin the happily ever after they so richly deserve.
My thoughts: A Tenuous Betrothal has been on my radar for a while now. When I read the synopsis I knew it was a book that I wanted to read.
The story begins in Wales, where Rhianna Davies is doing all she can to take care of the miners. Her father recently passed and the estate went to her Uncle. He is all about the bottom line and doesn't care what happens to the miners. My Great-Great Grandfather was a coal miner in Wales. That part of the story appealed to me. I greatly love the people who labored in horrible circumstances to provide for their families.
The second was the Princes of Oldenburg. I don't know if I need to say more. I could read about them all day!
I loved the pairing of Rhi and Marc. They stated under strained circumstances. Their fathers have determined that they are to marry. This was unwelcome news to both of them. Rhi would have been content to spend her days in a hunting cabin and fight for servants and miners. She is a very tough young woman. She has a sense of purpose and a very keen mind. She is also very loyal.
The story started off stormy, but man, there were sparks. The dynamic between the two was "swoon-worthy". When they were together I think I had a perma-grin.
Let's add in some political intrigue, a kidnapping, and banter! It was a wonderful book to read.
Source: I received a complimentary copy of the book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
P.S. - I also purchased a kindle copy. I may want to re-read it at some future point in time.
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About the Author: An award winning author, including the GOLD in Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and LDSPMA Praiseworthy's top award for Romance, Jen Geigle Johnson has more stories circulating in her brain than can possibly be told. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. HIstory is her main jam. Her literary heroes include the greats: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. But she has modern sensibilities as well. Six children and an inspiring husband keep her going and make certain she doesn't stay glued to a keyboard or lost in obscure fascinating details of old castles. She once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. She waterskis like a boss and hits the powder, falling down steep moguls with grace. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love with the man who would become her everything.
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