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5 out of 5 stars for this wonderful Historical Romance!

 

I am stickler for historical novels set in certain time periods to have heroines who fit into the world. Too many authors take a setting a put a girl with modern sensibilities into the era and force society to bend around her. So when I received this book for free through a contest on the author’s webpage, Ms. Shalaby made my day when we are introduced to Rhianna, a clergyman’s daughter who

1.Knows and accepts her place in society

2.Acts like a girl of the era.

THANK YOU!

She isn’t outwardly stubborn or rebellious nor does she rant about and bemoan her circumstances. All those thoughts are kept inside her head, where they should be! In fact, she is at peace with them. Even when she meets the oh, so handsome hero of the story, Rhianna keeps her distance emotionally for as long possible. Any girl of her class would, from birth, know her chances with a man of his station were slim to none- despite him having other ideas. While the hero is run of the mill Mary-Jane, all readers will instantly fall in love with him. (I know I did). Classic style romance novel.
Also, the writing is very reminiscent of the Austen period. The sentences flow like poetry. The author paints such lovely descriptions I am never left without a perfect mental image of every contour she draws my eye towards. Dresses, ballrooms and drawing rooms are all given that level of description to bring the scene to life.

Thank you for keeping the romance clean and sweet. Rhianna is a story I will keep for my daughter to read when she’s older. It is a story I will pawn off on my friends to enjoy.

Definitely a fan and will closely follow this author.

 

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 Posted by at 5:21 pm
Jan 072014
 

9c16a1abb8b40ad8976f10.L._V371311376_SY470_I received Rhianna from the author herself in a contest. I devoured that story and immediately wondered if her second book was as good. Boy is it!

The story continues with Audra, sent to London to officially become marriageable material even though she’s already emotionally engaged to Crispin, a boy she has been in love with for years. Still, she goes determined to enjoy herself and the experience. What Audra does not realize is her chaperone has other plans in store for the young girl. Mystery, romance and plenty of historical details makes this another book to be loaned out and treasured.

What I adore about this book is the way we are always in her head and thoughts. Amidst a well researched and richly detailed world, we get to know the girl and her motives. She’s young and in love – what else would fill a young girl’s head during her coming out? Her greatest fears become ours in a narrative that fits well into the era. While Audra is headstrong (her background supporting it) she is also docile. Ms. Shalaby again creates a character that belongs making the plot believable.
I look forward to the author’s other works.

 

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 Posted by at 9:54 pm