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Not My Idea By Bethany Swafford

 

Not My Idea
Not My Idea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE NOT MY IDEA BY BETHANY SWAFFORD:

In Not My Idea, set in 1814 Regency England, the reader finds Lucas Bywood returning home from touring of the continent. Receiving a note from his father stating he must return home, he rushes back to England.  He returns to find his father and their neighbor, Mr. Ramsey, had betrothed him as a child to his daughter, Phoebe.  This will not do; they fought and scrapped as children.  Lucas even received a broken arm during one of their fights.  Talking to Phoebe and her friend, Miss Darkin, Lucas found Phoebe’s in love with his best friend, Miles. Two fathers insisting they marry, and his best friend in love with Phoebe, what a mess.  This is not what he expected when he returned home.  Far from a relaxing visit with his family, he has a situation to resolve amicably for everyone.

His older brother, George, has married a woman Lucas can not stand.  Rosamund’s stuck up, rude, and obnoxious; he can’t understand why George married her.  Even more troubling, he finds his active mother bedridden from a riding accident which seems not an accident at all.  Come along with Swafford’s characters as they travel the tricky road of love.  My regency romance book review of Not My Idea follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Ah, Regency England, a fine time period for love.  Swafford created a sweet clean Regency romance in Not My Idea.  A strong, independent, handsome man, unwilling to let his father harass him into marriage, they butt heads.  He finds Phoebe has changed during his absence into a beautiful young woman who he still considers silly.  Then Swafford added in the fact Phoebe did not want to marry him anymore than he wanted to marry her.  She has her sights set on Miles.  By the way, you have Phoebe’s lovely friend, Miss Darkin, thrown into the mix.  What a tangled web.  So, how will it all shake out?  Will Lucas and Phoebe succumb to their fathers wishes or will they hold fast to their decision?  What a mess their fathers created.

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Love One Summer In Bath By Richmond,Blackwood,Thorne,and others

 

A Regency Romance Summer Collection From:

Richmond,Windsor,Thorne,Keats,Bruce,Healey,Darcy,Blackwood

Love One Summer In Bath
Love One Summer In Bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a collection of Regency romances titled Love One Summer In Bath.  I chose to review Isabella Thorne and Gemma Blackwood contributions.

 

STORY-LINE HOPE FOR CHARITY BY ISABELLA THORNE:

In Love One Summer In Bath containing story, Hope For Charity, the reader’s treated to a short regency romance story set in Bath.  Lady Charity Abernathy’s looking for a husband.  However, Charity wants to marry for love and not social position.  Naive and young, she believes all the gossip she hears. Lord Wentwell, object of the latest gossip, reputation is one of a rake and rogue.  Upon meeting, Lord Wentwell, Neville Collington, Charity gives him the cold shoulder.  However fate has a different course in store for Charity.  Lord Wentwell’s reputation is not what it seems.  Come along with Charity as she discovers all gossip’s not true and love could be waiting in the wings.  My romance book review of Hope For Charity follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found Hope For Charity a sweet clean romance.  Although Charity’s character is a naïve young woman, she knows she wants to marry for loveSocial position mean little to her.  She has a caring heart which differs from most of the ton.  Neville’s allowed his reputation to flourish which will cause him a great deal of problems with Charity.  Furthermore, including the Neville’s brother, added an extra ingredient to the story;  as a result, allowing Charity to see a side of Neville the gossips did not.  We know today, the brother was a victim of PTSD.  Charity comes to see the true Neville rather than his soiled reputation.

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