Thursday, August 13, 2020

Book review: Miss Fanshawe's Fortune by Linore Rose Burkard

Miss Fanshawe's Fortune: Clean and Sweet Regency Romance (The Brides of Mayfair Book 2)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was hooked by the very first line, literally, and the first chapter where Miss Fanshawe is nearly run down by the hero’s younger brother in a stolen curricle is quite cute. She later meets his respectable older brother, and that’s when the sparks start to fly.

This book absolutely immerses the reader in Regency England. The author is wonderfully adept at the language of the times, and the settings in London and in a countryside manor are drawn as if she visited England during the time period.

The dialogue reminds me of Georgette Heyer, humorous and sparkling as if the author was laughing as she wrote it. The characters are vividly drawn so that you would know who is speaking even without dialogue tags. The hero’s mother especially is adorable and hilarious! I also liked Catherine, who was sweet and a little audacious and who was a voice of reason in the midst of her selfish mother and rather weak father. And the mystery about the heroine’s fortune is intriguing and kept me reading to find out what happens.

At times the heroine seemed a bit too helpless for my taste—I guess I wanted her to start yelling at someone since her circumstances were so unfair to her. But that only means the author made her plight very realistic and emotional, which is not a bad thing.

Fans of traditional Regency romances will love this book!

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