Unfortunately, her relaxing retreat is interrupted by a terrifying run-in with a highwayman, and she is forced to stay at an unknown inn with her injured coachman and unconscious lady's maid.  Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing. 

Perhaps this was just what I needed this week, but this was a very cute read.  There is nothing deep or overly thoughtful in the book, but it promises to be a Proper Romance, and that is exactly what it is.  There was nothing inappropriate in the book and it felt a little like a Jane Austen romance in modern English.  I would absolutely hand this to my teenage daughter and I am sure she would enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy Reading

P.S. I am sure that I will get all sorts of hate mail for comparing this to a Jane Austen novel, so please forgive me now.  While this book is definitely not going to be classified as a classic, it was set in the same era as Jane Austen's novels and so I felt it a worthy comparison.  For those of you who regularly worship your Austen shelf of books, please know that I hold Jane in the highest respect and meant her no harm by my careless comparison :)

1 comment:

  1. Honestly, I have only read one Jane Austen book all the way through, and though I enjoyed it, I think I like a little more action or something. Anyway, this book moved along at a brisk pace while still retaining the reserve and charm of this period (regency?). I really liked it and would read more like it. So many of the miscommunications in this story were predictable, and I knew they would eventually be resolved, but enjoyed the journey anyway. There was more action than anticipated, and I found Marianne to be a thoughtful, talented, confident and interesting heroine. Anyway, I know I liked it because I stayed away from the computer for 2 days and when I wasn't sleeping or working, I was reading to see how everything was going to turn out. A very pleasant read, and worth waiting for on the reserve list. Proper, indeed!


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