A Peculiar Enchantment

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Pub Date 06 Dec 2022 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2022

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What can you look forward to when your only relatives call you ugly, unbalanced, and a scandal? What would you do if your only friend was threatened? Dependent on her half brother, the Earl of Lamburne, Adelaide knows. She wants to escape.

Gervase Ducane, invited to Lamburne’s home to court his daughter, is torn. He needs to marry well and soon but not this spiteful chit. Should he buy a commission instead? Seek a wealthy merchant’s daughter? As a marquess’s brother, he has at least a noble connection to offer an heiress apart from his good manners. And why is he only now meeting the earl’s delightful half sister?

Ordered to stay away from the house party, Adelaide rebels. She will make her unwelcome, embarrassing presence known to avenge herself and her pet. Sometimes when you least expect it, magic happens.

What can you look forward to when your only relatives call you ugly, unbalanced, and a scandal? What would you do if your only friend was threatened? Dependent on her half brother, the Earl of...

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Jane Austen meets Cinderella in a finely crafted Victorial tale of annoying stepmother, two equally annoying stepdaughters, the intelligent and enlightened half sister, and the complex confounds in snagging a husband and pushing aside the competition. Great fun and, yes, a happy ending for those that deserve it!

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This is a good book to read. Action, magic, romance and intrigue. Interesting storyline with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the page.

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I really don't have many negative things to say about this book. It got a bit long winded, and I wish there was a bit more centered in magic and whimsey but not a bad read at all. I enjoyed the resiliency of the fmc. She never appeared weak even though her family was absolutely terrible to her. She proved to be cunning, witty, and found strength within herself before the tale ended. This was really her story to win or loose. With historical romances it is common to see the mmc as the strong, wealthy, bodice ripping, alpha hero. I certainly cant accuse Gervais of being most of those things. He was also cunning, and witty, he could easily have been a villain in different circumstances with his ability to sneak and manipulate, but those characteristics served as a benefit to the fmc and her escape from her dreadful existence. I think the real hero in this novel is Tate, in my opinion he saved them both and I applaud his character. This was a very traditional romance, the author captured the emotions of the characters falling in love so sweetly. Don't expect any steam to tarnish the beauty of this sweet story. Which is really fine for all ages. So cozy up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and engross yourself in to this long past time.
Story:4 out of 5 stars
Spice: 0 out of 5 peppers

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It was the cat who caught my eye. Yes, I will at least read the blurb of a book with a cat on the cover. I wish that there had actually been a little magic in the story but when I discovered it’s a Georgian era romance, I was delighted for the chance to read it. At this point, I believe this will be the last A grade book to make it to my Best of list for 2022.

As I got further into the story, it began to remind me more of the Fawcette Crest books of old that I used to read in the 70s. There are no secret societies of women, Adelaide doesn’t long to be a scientist, Gervase doesn’t act as a spy for the Home Office, both are quite willing to enter into a marriage without falling in love first, and there is no sex on page. Okay all that has probably dulled a lot of people’s interest but I loved that I could sink into this book and feel like it was an old friend.

It is a book of manners which pays close attention to how people acted, dressed, interacted, were placed in society, and of the things expected of them in the positions they held. Most of the main characters are aristocracy and by gum they act as if they are. Certain things were done in certain ways. But they also had noblesse oblige and were supposed to treat those who worked for them with consideration. Good landlords cared about their tenants and ensured that their servants were also taken care of. As Adelaide moves out into the world, she realizes how badly run her brother’s household is and how much she enjoys properly taking care of hers.

The romance is a slow, delicious burn. Gervase treats Adelaide well from the moment he meets her because that is what a well mannered gentleman does. He is baffled by the way her family disdains her – as are the other guests who are invited to the estate party. Adelaide is amazed to be accepted by her peers as an equal in a way her family never accorded her. Watching her begin to flower into her own was wonderful. Seeing Gervase take her concerns seriously and act quickly made me cheer. As they begin to work together, they talk and reveal more of themselves to the other – far more than most new acquaintances would normally do – but the circumstances demanded it and made sense to me. They discover a mutual love of country living and estate management. No, they’re not saving England but I also didn’t roll my eyes – over plot improbabilities – until they hurt .

So fair warning to readers, this is a minuet of a story. It is stately, mannered, and much is performed before the critical eyes of Society. Sparks don’t immediately strike between the heroine and hero and they control many of their interactions, with each other and with Society, carefully – Gervase because he doesn’t want to accidentally commit himself to an engagement and Adelaide because of the way her family has always treated her. The way Society viewed one mattered and one’s actions could reverberate positively or negatively on one’s family. I know it will probably not be to the tastes of readers looking for a more “modern” historical but for those wanting something else, it might just fit your bill perfectly. A-

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