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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes

A Reluctant Courtship by Laurie Alice Eakes
The Daughters of Bainbridge House series: Book Three
Revell / 2013
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About the book:
A woman without a prospect. A man without a homeland. Can love give them a future?

Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family’s country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Tall, dark, and handsome—what more could a girl ask for?

But he too is under suspicion because of his American upbringing and accusations that he has helped French prisoners escape from Dartmoor Prison. If he’s to keep out of a British prison himself and secure his place in British society, Lord Ashmoor needs a wife beyond reproach—something the vexingly beautiful Honore certainly is not. Though they find themselves drawn to each other, family obligations may conspire to keep them apart forever.

For the sake of her heart, Honore determines to prove Ashmoor’s innocence—even if doing so risks her own life.

From the first sentence, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes thrusts you into high drama amid the rocky cliffs of Devonshire, England, and keeps you suspended there until the final page.

My rating:
My thoughts:

A Reluctant Courtship was a read about which I had really mixed feelings. After I finished the first chapter (which had me laughing and smiling), I thought it was going to be my favorite book of The Daughters of Bainbridge House series but, as I continued reading, my feelings kept flip-flopping and I was a little disappointed in the end.

I don't know how to express what it was exactly that didn't click with me, but I'll try my best. For one thing, the story seemed kind of redundant at times and there were times while reading this book that I found myself bored and wanting to just skim-read -- though towards the end, the story was very good and not boring at all! Hence, why I have such mixed feelings about A Reluctant Courtship -- parts of it were very good; others, not so much (in my opinion).

There were several things about A Reluctant Courtship that I liked. The characters were good and I really liked both Ashmoor and Honore. Their romance story was sweet. :) I didn't care all that much for Honore's brother, but I think that was the intention. I also liked the mystery/suspense aspect and how it was possible for the reader to guess who the culprit was - my guess was correct!

Overall, while not my favorite in the The Daughters of Bainbridge House series, A Reluctant Courtship was a nice one-time read. I'm glad I read it and definitely plan on reading more of Eakes' books.

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Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

1 comment:

  1. I liked your review of A Reluctant Courtship it left me wanting to read the book as the story line sounds intriguing and characters interesting. I want to see how their story progresses. Thank you.


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